Thursday, December 15, 2016

Quotes Late December 2016

"Atoms are in defense mode, by definition. That is why they are hard. Real life is naturally defenseless and organic. All that can be done is raise the standard of inclusion in such a world." ---Nathan Coppedge

"By the time we're immortal, principles are more plastic than people." ---Nathan Coppedge

"Both evolution and perfection pose their peculiar problems, even though they are the primary options." ---Nathan Coppedge

"Everything changes without change." ---Nathan Coppedge

"(1) Wouldn't that be nice? A new ornamental X, a new filigree Y... It leads to ideas about life... It might lead one to think great things... It might lead one to lead a new life. (2) One has a certain degree of tolerance. Then one notices... There is an ancient problem. An archaic bug... The bug, although it is old, has enmeshed itself in everything. Now one requires a critical attitude. Everything outside the self is corrupt. (3) There is a remaining problem. One thing doesn't work. One conducts some kind of process on the thing. Some kind of energized occurrence happens. 'Lightning comes down'. Suddenly you are trespassing on God." ---The Metamorphosis by Nathan Coppedge, quoted in full

"The future of civilizations will likely see us as a small part of their distant past, and near the beginning of the singularity of their present." ---Nathan Coppedge

"Actually, we just need to make a notation that something is bad. So, bad is an objective term, because it doesn't mean anything unless something is bad." ---Nathan Coppedge

"Subjectively, we are free to consider ultimate systems unimportant if we wish. They do not stand on social authority, but rather on their usefulness to those who have found relevance for them. Thus, the assumption that ultimate systems are irrelevant is a specious claim unless the system is absolutely addressed in its own terms. The only way to prove a system is irrelevant may be to prove that it is a system of irrelevance. And that may be hard to do within the terms of the system. For otherwise there is no way to absolutely disregard such systems. In this way, there is a similarity between rejecting emotional and systematic claims, e.g. because both must be addressed absolutely on their own terms." ---Nathan Coppedge

"I believe there is no upper bound (on the intelligence of an A.I.) except complexity-density. At some point complexity is just represented by a symbol for 'complexity’ and things keep going from there. Since I have already theorized beyond quadruple semantics, I think sometimes new dimensions may eventually be required to create complexity." ---Nathan Coppedge

"I am seeking immortality because I feel my life is cheap enough, but I also feel that my life is significant enough to mean something rather amazing. I am almost unconcerned for how I feel. I am more concerned with the path of history, and how excited people are about my ideas. It is my hope that people are excited, and if they are excited enough, great things are certain to take place and defy the pessimism and meaninglessness of much of prior history. I feel that I have invented a kind of impersonal arrogance, the arrogance of real knowledge, and such arrogance even exists without a personality. It can exist without life, and inspire those who have felt nothing but pain."

"[I]t may be possible to prove that some particular conceptual or computing problem had to be solved during the break, and then it could be estimated how long it would take to solve the conceptual or computing problem." ---Nathan Coppedge, answer to 'If we could freeze time, how do we measure how long time was frozen?'

"In my view, everyone should be immortal, and over-population and real estate is fundamentally an economic question, not an ethical one." ---Nathan Coppedge

"I have theorized about a planet in which all transportation occurs through time-travel. If it works in a similar way to many-worlds theory this would allow real estate to be extended in the fourth dimension." ---Nathan Coppedge

"The major opportunity for A.I. is to benefit those who already have an advantage, and to enhance the quality of human information." ---Nathan Coppedge

"The reason I believe in the view of the metaphysical continuum is essentially that information may have a standard, and standards may vary, and the universe itself may evolve. Another argument is that different numbers of dimensions probably have different standards of physical properties. If different physical properties have different laws, that implies another universe, and there is no way to refute the existence of other universes by referring to existing laws." ---Nathan Coppedge

"In my vision, if perpetual motion succeeds we will be considered as part of one long industrial age, the age of machines, whereas if it remains in obscurity, we will be part of the sad robotic age, in which the inherent potential of technology ran out." ---Nathan Coppedge

"The post-logical idea becomes the proving-ground for new formalistic concepts." ---Nathan Coppedge

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