From: Ben Goertzel (email@example.com)
Date: Mon Jul 01 2002 - 00:47:53 MDT
But my point is, a devout Christian could read the de Sade and consider it a
bunch of trash; a devout Sade-ist could read the Bible and think the same
Similarly: A scientist reading religion winds in a different mind-state than
a priest reading science...
The trajectory with which a mind proceeds thru world literature may strongly
affect the conclusion the mind comes to by the end of its reading...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf
> Of Damien Broderick
> Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 12:11 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: Zen and the Singularity
> At 09:31 PM 6/30/02 -0600, Ben wrote:
> >But Damien, following the logic of this tradition, what is going to cause
> >the AGI to pay attention to the Scripture any more than to, say,
> >in the Bedroom" ? Doesn't the AGI's leap-of-faith to belief in
> the truth of
> >the Scripture require it to possess a soul?
> The assumption would be, surely, that the machine mind would read
> *everything it could get its little manipulators on*, which would include
> Sade, Aquinas and all extant versions of the Bible, the Dow De King, the
> oeuvre of Borges, etc etc. Then it would reason its way to the truth of...
> oh shit, oops... Scientology.
> Damien Broderick
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