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Yet another weird SF fan
 

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Meanwhile, Over at the Next Table …

On Overcoming Bias, Eliezer Yudkowsky reported the following conversation:

I was once at a dinner party, trying to explain to a man what I did for a living, when he said: "I don't believe Artificial Intelligence is possible because only God can make a soul."

At this point I must have been divinely inspired, because I instantly responded: "You mean if I can make an Artificial Intelligence, it proves your religion is false?"

Meanwhile, over at the next table, there was the following conversation:

“I believe science teaches us that human-caused global warming is an urgent crisis.”

“You mean if it's either not a problem or can be fixed easily, it proves science is false?”

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