[extropy-chat] Fwd: CNN features amazing user with autism

Brian Atkins brian at posthuman.com
Sun Feb 25 19:32:48 UTC 2007

Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> It's a fascinating video, whatever the actual details of Amanda's life. It
> raises the question, what is the meaning of life? People judge Amanda's 
> life
> as abnormal or suboptimal because she seems to value things the rest of us
> don't and not value things the rest of us do. But if we gain control over
> our own minds so that we are no longer slaves to the subgoals and 
> supergoals
> set by evolution, and the biological housekeeping functions are taken care
> of by a trivial subroutine, then who is to decide that spending your life
> blissfully flicking a stream of water from the tap with your hand because
> that's what you have decided to want to do (not necessarily because that is
> what you were born or raised to want to do) is less worthy than any other
> activity?

You might enjoy a movie I recently rented: Idiocracy
Brian Atkins
Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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