Re: Simulation argument in the NY Times

From: Norman Noman (
Date: Sun Aug 19 2007 - 14:05:17 MDT

> Currently, I don't think it is possible to exterminate the human race,
> much
> less all life. You could imagine various scenarios, such as nuclear war,
> a
> genetically engineered plague, or poisoning the atmosphere. But I think
> that
> some humans would survive any such attack, and certainly many nonhuman
> species.

What if a stray black hole wandered along and sucked up the earth? I guess
in that case, gravity would be smarter than evolution.

Legg defined intelligence as the ability to meet goals in an unknown
> environment. If you define the goal of evolution to be the continuation of
> life (i.e. it fails if all life becomes extinct), then you see a
> correlation
> between algorithmic complexity and success.

If you define the goal of gravity as putting things on top of other things,
it's doing an excellent job. And as long as we're giving out trophies to
nonsentient things, chlorine is very successful at smelling like a swimming

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