[extropy-chat] Be[ing] or Not Be[ing]
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky
sentience at pobox.com
Mon Apr 19 00:29:43 UTC 2004
> So what is the smallest possible angel?
> A backhanded way of asking might be: how many
> angels can dance on a pinhead?
> That, my extropian friends, is one hell of a profound question.
I recall reading a secondhand assertion that the medieval theologians were
arguing over whether the number was infinite or finite, that is, whether
space was infinitely divisible.
I do not know if I would call that question 'profound', and it may be a
false dichotomy. But it seems to me fair.
Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
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