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Volume 18 No. 7 • November 2015


APPETIZERS

AI theorist Eliezer Yudkowsky coined Moore’s Law of Mad Science: Every eighteen months, the minimum IQ necessary to destroy the world drops by one point.

The task is ... not so much to see what no one has yet seen; but to think what nobody has yet thought, about that which everybody sees.

—Erwin Schrodinger

The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.

—Sir William Lawrence Bragg

When everything is connected to everything else, then anything can be explained in terms of any single piece that is a part of that everything.

—Sandy Shaw

(Sandy’s comment: Do you ever wonder why some scientists, having discovered an important biological fact that connects other things in biology that had hitherto not been connected to it, begin to try to explain everything in terms of that newly discovered connection. It is because everything in biology is connected to everything else in biology at a certain level, so you really CAN explain everything in terms of any one factor in that whole. Of course, the same is true for physics or chemistry as well.)

The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell.

—John Milton, Paradise Lost

“Nasrudin went into a bank with a cheque to cash. “Can you identify yourself?” asked the clerk. Nasrudin took out a mirror and peered into it. “Yes, that’s me all right,” he said.”

—Idries Shah, The Subtlties

OF THE INIMITABLE MULLA NASRUDIN... the “me“ who is responsible and whom society recognizes as responsible resides in the ability to control the diverse systems within [the mind]. Something has to command the wheeling in and out of one or the other small minds. In [one] view, the separate minds clamor and fight for control and the strongest wins, with no directing force.

Multimind by Robert Ornstein, pg. 179, said to be “A New Way of Looking at Human Behavior” (Major Books, 2003). See below for recent scientific publication that supports this prescient view of how “pieces” of the mind “clamor and fight for control and the strongest wins.” The science of the mind of man meets science fiction. ‘Tis amazing.

Finally, we have this fascinating quote from Adam Smith in his The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759):

When I endeavor to examine my own conduct... I divide myself as it were into two persons, and that I, the examiner and judge, represent a different character from the other I, the person whose conduct is examined into and judged of. The first is the spectator... The second is the agent, the person whom I properly call myself, and of whose conduct, under the character of a spectator, I was endeavoring to form some opinion.

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