[ExI] Second Law of Thermodynamics

Mike Dougherty msd001 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 14:51:51 UTC 2007

On Dec 14, 2007 8:10 AM,  <x at extropica.org> wrote:
> On 12/14/07, citta437 at aol.com <citta437 at aol.com> wrote:
> > Your fridge works because of the electric current which converts the
> > hot air from outside into cold air via that catalytic converter or
> > whatever you call that machinery. I wish I were an electric engineer to
> > be able to do that.
> >
> > Better yet to be able to convert AI into perfect humans with a
> > well-balanced attitude without using too much energy.
> >
> > To reach the goal of extropian countries, we have yet to educate the
> > majority that are still in ignorance...
> Terry, you don't know how right you are.

..perhaps about a program education of education for the ignorant, but
not about refrigeration.  It takes 3 seconds to Google something like

Converting ignorant humans/subhuman AI into "perfect humans" is not
far from the alchemical lead to gold idea.  In the same way we're
trying to apply physical laws (thermodynamics) to memes, the lead to
gold analogy is an allegory for the base metal (unwashed
masses/ignorance) to be changed to a rare prize (enlightened,
well-balanced humans) through some 'magical' process.  We're using a
different set of symbols to represent our intentions, but it's the
same discussion.

now I'd really have something if I could fill a Klein bottle with phlogiston...

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