Monthly Archives: July 2010

Jaron Lanier on Singularity

Eliezer Yudkowsky, of the Singularity Institute, interviews AI pioneer Jaron Lanier. Lanier is a proponent of “phenotropic computing”, the idea that “intelligent” computer routines could be programmed to interact via interfaces designed for humans. In this interview, Lanier doesn’t talk about “phenotropic computing”, but instead demolishes any faith in the “singularity”. Lanier scorns any blind […]

Slouching Towards Gomorrah

Dag Hammarskjold, in his personal diary, wrote: Respect for the word – to employ it with scrupulous care and an incorruptible heartfelt love of truth – is essential if there is to be any growth in a society or in the human race.To misuse the word is to show contempt for man. It undermines the […]

Derrida, An Egyptian

I just finished reading Peter Sloterdjik’s tribute to Derrida, titled “Derrida, An Egyptian”. Postmodern deconstructionists are generally clowns, but the book was fantastic. Sloterdjik does a beautiful job. Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book: A sharp-witted hetero-Egyptian brought into Egypt through a second distortion could indeed have the ability to understand […]

Slartibartfast Was Here

The claim is sometimes made that, “evidence for an intelligent designer should be readily available in the graffiti of DNA”. Perhaps something like “Designed by Yaweh” embedded in the sequences of DNA. Similar suggestions have been made about the number pi. Alex Tbarrok has dubbed this the “Slartibartfast Principle“, after the planetary designer in Douglas […]