RE: A position

From: Ben Goertzel (
Date: Tue May 22 2001 - 04:58:20 MDT

> > I have a baby (a real life little girl). As she grows, I will teach
> > her values of reason, purpose, self-esteem, and all the detailed
> > principles that go into that. That's all I can hope to do.
> I regret to inform you that your child has already been genetically
> preprogrammed with a wide variety of goals and an entire set of goal
> semantics. Some of them are nice, some of them are not, but all of them
> were hot stuff fifty thousand years ago. Fortunately, she contains
> sufficient base material that a surface belief in rationality and altruism
> will allow her to converge to near-perfect rationality and altruism with
> increasing intelligence.

It *will* ?? What planet do you live on??

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