Faith and Global Warming

I’ve been saying for a long time that there is no belief in global warmening without faith.  Now an article in the NY Times about scientist and futurist Ray Kurzweil uses those two words together (admittedly, this wasn’t the point they were trying to make).

Worried about greenhouse gas emissions? Have faith.

It’s a shame to see such a brilliant mind either taken in by the fraud of global warming, or else seeking to cash in on it.  It’s hard to tell which, and it doesn’t matter.

For the record, I will believe that computer scientists can develop true artificial intelligence the day that they demonstrate they understand Ayn Rand’s theory of concept-formation and universals.  To me, this material is like the calculus in mathematics.  If you understand calculus, then you understand limits, slope of a curve, area of a curve, related rates, etc.  It’s impossible to discuss problems that depend on these concepts with anyone who doesn’t have calculus.  You certainly can’t argue with them about it.

It is the same with cognition.  It’s not possible to have a discussion with someone who hasn’t studied the concept formation and universals.  Like the people who haven’t studied calculus, they’re basically children playing in an adult world.

And this describes every computer science guy that I’ve ever read about in the field of AI.


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