RE: virus: Belief and Knowledge (was: The truth about faith)

David McFadzean (
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 10:13:48 -0600

At 06:29 PM 9/11/97 -0600, I wrote:
>So where do you make the cut off point between intentional agents and
>mindless robots? Do only humans have goals or only some humans? If you
>saw a dolphin drowning in a fishnet would you be suckered into believing
>that its simulated struggle to breathe was real? Do you believe what you
>are saying or is this another test?

I think I have discovered some hidden assumptions. I think goals and
purposes can be attributed to systems to the extent that are *alive*.
Richard seems to think only intelligent (or self-aware or human
or ...) systems can have purpose. True?

David McFadzean       
Memetic Engineer      
Church of Virus