Re: Simulation argument in the NY Times

From: Samantha Atkins (
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 12:29:14 MDT

On 8/18/07, Norman Noman <> wrote:
> Evolution is not intelligent? How do you define intelligence? Evolution
> > created humans out of a mix of simple chemicals. I would say that is
> > pretty
> > smart.
> Intelligence is a property of mind that encompasses many related
> abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, solve problems, think
> abstractly, comprehend ideas and language, and learn. Evolution does none of
> these things, it's just a very simple optimization process that emerges in
> systems with mutating replicators.
> Suppose you wanted to exterminate all life on earth. Who do you think
> > would
> > win, you or evolution?
> Suppose you wanted to brew an anti-gravity potion. Who do you think would
> win, you or gravity? I guess that makes gravity intelligent.

Would extermination of all life much more complex than bacteria be
sufficient? It is hideous to think much about but I believe that a few
genius level folks dedicated to this goal could accomplish it.

- samantha

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