Category Archives: Extie lite.

..Where you will find abridged versions of some older essays.

THINKERS: END POEMS OF 2010

As regulars to Thinkers will know, I conclude each session with a little poem. Here are the poems for the topics we debated in 2010 (the ones I remembered to keep a copy of, that is). LECTURE 2010: I hate … Continue reading

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THE FOURTH PARADIGM

The Singularity. One way to understand what that means is to consider how the Universe’s ability to rearrange matter/energy into new patterns has gone through paradigm shifts in the past. Any alien intelligences observing our solar system would find examples … Continue reading

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RISE OF THE ROBOTS

Predicting the future is a tricky business, and there are two kinds of failure that really stand out in hindsight. The computer industry has fallen foul of both, in its time. One form of failure is to drastically underestimate the … Continue reading

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WHO IS THE PUPPET?

(This essay was originally published as part of Bees And Flowers, available at Gwyneth Lewellyn’s blog. Some extra details have been added- Extropia DaSilva, July 15 2011) INTRODUCTION In his book, ‘The Beginning Of Reality’, David Deutsch explained how we … Continue reading

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A MESSAGE FROM THE CREATORS.

Some scientists believe that six numbers are evidence that are universe anticipated the eventual emergence of intelligent life. Science, remember, advances by looking for patterns and regularities in nature. These allow more and more phenomena to be placed in general categories. … Continue reading

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WHAT IS ‘NORMAL’, ANYWAY?

In online worlds the everyday concerns that define real life coexist with experiences that can only be described as ‘surreal’. It is fairly safe to say that if you spend long enough exploring such worlds, sooner or later you will … Continue reading

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The Universe Algorithm

Belief in the world as a virtual reality goes back a long way. Buddhism sees the physical world as an illusion, the allegorical tale of Plato’s cave suggested the reality we know is a mere shadow hinting at, rather than … Continue reading

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