Is god an alien mathematician?

January 25, 2011

An awesome conversation between Ben Goertzel and Hugo de Garis, two of my favorites in this space.

de Garis:

This "mathematical principle" is closely analogous to the "anthropic principle" in the sense that our particular universe design seems so fantastically a priori improbable. One is virtually forced to accept it has been designed. The so called "designer" traditionally was conceived of as a theity, but now that we humans can imagine [artificial intellects], we have a new way to imagine the designer, i.e. as an artificial intellect, and hence compatible with our deeply held scientific principles. I guess what I'm saying is "artilectual deism is compatible with science", whereas "traditional theism is simply pre-scientific garbage."

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