[extropy-chat] it's not natural!

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Mon Oct 30 18:12:05 UTC 2006

Damien Broderick wrote:
> A Pentecostal priest 
> lashed out at the exhibition saying tax payers' 
> money used for it would have been better spent 
> helping the animals correct "their perversions and deviances".

That's pretty damned amusing.  So now suddenly Nature is perverted and 
deviated, instead of a normative standard.  One suspects that some 
pre-existing, Nature-independent criterion is in use here to decide 
whether Nature is a "good" or "bad" example in any given case.

This case is worth remembering and citing whenever someone drags up 
Nature as an example.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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