[extropy-chat] Avoid Too Much Change.

John K Clark jonkc at att.net
Wed Apr 11 05:02:08 UTC 2007

"Lee Corbin" <lcorbin at rawbw.com>

> I'm glad you are so consistent; it saves many words.

Thanks, I'm either consistently right or consistently wrong but either way
my way of thinking is that of the future, your way is as dead as the Dodo.

> Surely you do not think that the fetus you once were is seriously "you".

But that was exactly my point. I am certain you don't consider it a great
tragedy that a fetus turned into an adult Lee Corbin, so why is it a great
tragedy if the adult Lee Corbin turns into something greater?

> To recap, this being Isador with his IQ 12,000 and his unbelievably vast
> erudition has concerns that you today cannot relate to in the slightest.

Correct, it's called growth.

> He spends nothing of his time thinking at all like you have ever thought.

Nothing? With an IQ of 12,000 and counting he can afford to think about all
sorts of things. Who knows,  Isador might even get a bit nostalgic from time
to time and put .001% of his brainpower thinking about the good old days.

> The very earliest things that you can remember might as well have happened
> to another infant, and the memories later added on into you.

But again you are making my point for me. You don't consider that a tragedy
so if you are consistent there is no need to worry about turning into a
Jupiter Brain.

>  Humans and human thinking might very well indeed be extinct within a
> century.

I'd say it's a virtual certainty, and probably in less than half a century.

> The point is still whether them is us.

Well they certainly won't be you given your reluctance to engage in pedal to
the metal upgrading, but if I'm astronomically lucky they might be me. At
least I have a chance, you have none.

  John K Clark

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