Re: Humour

Eliezer Yudkowsky (
Thu, 26 Dec 1996 19:11:45 -0600

> What kind of space do gods exist in? -- I am not referring to "space"
> in the ordinary sense of the word, i.e. three-dimensional space. In
> mathematics, we have vector spaces, topological spaces, and so forth.
> Graphics designers speak of "color space." That's the kind of space
> I'm talking about. Do gods exist in some kind of deity space?

That was a very interesting post; it didn't make any sense at all.
There are mathematical spaces, derived from mathematics. There are
color spaces of hue, saturation, and intensity, derived from cognitive
science. There are space-times, derived from physics. Physics, math,
cognitive science - which of these is your "deity space" derived from?
>From your post, I'm guessing cognitive science.

Well, by the power vested in me by being "Mr. Singularity", I pronounce
your "deity space" null and void. I have no reason whatsoever to
believe that a Power would fit in whatever cognitive space controls our
perception of really powerful beings. As far as I can tell, the epitome
of your average "deity space" is a human at the top of the pecking
order, someone who does whatever the imaginer would do if granted
unlimited power.

--       Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

Disclaimer:  Unless otherwise specified, I'm not telling you
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