[extropy-chat] Be[ing] or Not Be[ing]

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Mon Apr 19 00:29:43 UTC 2004

Spike wrote:
> 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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