Comment by eric2 on Above-Average AI Scientists · 2008-09-30T05:25:00.000Z · LW · GW

So given EY's post about supernaturalism, if reductionism is true then we can't imagine anything that truly forms non reducible strata, there is only one strata that composes everything. Presumably, the laws this strata follow are supposed to be mathematical.

Consequently, Godel's incompleteness theorem (GIT) soundly refutes reductionism, right? I know GIT is becoming cliche and all, so bringing it up as a counter is perceived as anti-intellectual, but really, you can't just say a problem ceases to be a problem if it gets repeated too much.

Comment by eric2 on The Amazing Virgin Pregnancy · 2007-12-26T03:04:00.000Z · LW · GW

In the spirit, from Life of Brian:

"Oh, it's blessed are the MEEK! Oh, I'm glad they're getting something, they have a hell of a time. "

Comment by eric2 on Superstimuli and the Collapse of Western Civilization · 2007-03-16T19:17:28.000Z · LW · GW

Scott Adams (Dilbert creator) said that the Star Trek Holodeck will be the end of evolution for our species, because everyone will simply spend all their time there having sex with supermodels. I'm sympathetic. This implies that the only thing intelligent to evolve will be humorless dullards who would rather replicate in real life than enjoy the pleasures of endless frat parties with nubile, funny, and eager babes.

Perhaps this is why God has so little humor in the Bible, he's the ultimate replicator.

Comment by eric2 on Politics is the Mind-Killer · 2007-02-19T03:31:42.000Z · LW · GW

First, in light of the new moderator status, I would like to commend this blog in its entirety for its novel and profound discussions of so many important topics.

Enough sarcasm...As per politics the mind killer: isn't there almost always a "greater truth" involved than any one issue? What gets ignored, emphasized, is a what serves that great truth, something you may have once fully understood where it came from, but now only know is true. Like why is the sky blue? I know it is, I know I once knew the physics why it is. But most importantly, I know it is true for a solid reason. Any cascading implications of these big truths are to be heeded appropriately.