[ExI] In Europe and U.S., Nonbelievers Are Increasingly Vocal

Michael M. Butler mmbutler at gmail.com
Fri Sep 21 14:45:23 UTC 2007

On 9/21/07, Mike Dougherty <msd001 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 9/20/07, Michael M. Butler <mmbutler at gmail.com> wrote:
> > - Suppose you could push a button and instantaneously cause everyone
> > on Earth to not be a monotheist.
> Would you kick the crutches out from under the lame?  If you don't
> provide something to replace what you are taking away, then it just
> seems cruel.  Even if it were analogous to methadone to combat a
> heroine addiction, I thinking curing the steadfast monotheist will
> require more gradual steps to reason.
> If 'they' had a button to turn the remaining population to monotheism,
> would you race to be the first to press the button - or would you
> ensure that neither side exercises the option?

:) What do you think? :) I don't want to roll those dice either way.
Just in case that wasn't obvious, that's also my problem with hard
takeoff self-improving AI... I just don't think I can keep it from
happening (if it is possible at all).

         Michael M. Butler  :  m m b u t l e r  ( a t )  g m a i l . c o m
         "I'm going to get over this some time. Might as well be now."

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