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Irony

Yesterday I posted the following:
When I hear about people committing acts of destruction and murder over cartoon drawings of a religious figure I feel an strong temptation to classify all instances of religiousity as brain damage.


Since then I've spent the bulk of my on-line time and attention telling someone who expressed an almost identical sentiment why I think he's staked out an untenable position.

From a thread found here: http://community.livejournal.com/singularity_now/57169.html

mathemajician wrote:
I don't see why super powerful AIs would be so human as to also have mental structures that were "friendlier to religion and mysticism than to science", as you put it. I see this as a flaw in human reasoning which a super AI, by definition, would easily overcome.


And from Ilim by Dan Simmons:
I don't believe in God with a capital G and, despite their obvious solidity, I don't beleive in the gods with their small g's. Not as real forces in the universe. But I beleive in the bitch-goddess Irony. She crosses all time. She rules men and gods and God alike.

And She has a wicked sense of humor.


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krimhum
Feb. 14th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
Unrelatedly
Quite some time ago, you posted a four card Tarot spread called the "Blind Spot" which I loved, modified by adding an extra card in the middle for "overall theme" and have been using almost exclusively since then for any sort of general question not having to do with a timeline.

It seems that you based this on the Johari window popular on LJ over the last few days. I just wanted to confirm this.

Thanks!

-Krim Hum
kmo
Feb. 14th, 2006 04:36 am (UTC)
Re: Unrelatedly
Wow. I don't even know where to find my tarot deck these days.

I tried following the Johari window link and go the following:

"Site Overloaded

Sorry - try again a few minutes later, or at a less busy time of day."


If I've encountered the Johari window meme, I don't remember it, or at least don't recognize it by name.
krimhum
Feb. 14th, 2006 06:42 pm (UTC)
Re: Unrelatedly
It basically has a list of certain positive traits that you associate with yourself, then you turn it in to your peer group / LJ friends list. They select the traits they'd associate with you and then the site puts it on the same grid you used for your spread:

Everyone / They
Knows / Know
------------------
You / No One
Know / Knows

Pretty cool, actually.
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