"The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits." G.K. Chesterton

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Super Intelligent Beings.

Imagine yourself, perceiving a plant, say a tree - its incredibly slow metabolic rate and predictable "behaviour" i.e growth. Also in some sense the plant is defenceless against your whim, whatever it may be - to cut it down, burn it, or eat (parts of) it. Better still imagine a stone - its practically unchanging crystal structure, and unique combination of minerals shaped by geological processes over billions of years. Again - the stone is a passive, and for all practical purposes (by definition!), a lifeless object. Now imagine, that a super-intelligent being would perceive YOU in a manner analogous to your perception of that tree, or rock.     

In the time that you would take one breath, it would seem to such a being that eons have passed during which its leaps and strides of insight would dwarf the totality of our (human) current intellectual achievements.

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