Re: CyberAnthropology: a new paradigm

Fri, 11 Feb 1994 11:34:55 -0500

>In Message Tue, 8 Feb 1994 22:12:40 -0500,
> Steve Mizrach <SEEKER1@NERVM.NERDC.UFL.EDU> writes:
>>7. The important thing about the human machine is that the instruction
>>manual has been lost. For that reason, no one is fully certain what it is
>>equipped to do. Some people suggest it is incapable of receiving data
>>transmitted through a nonsensory modality. The machine uses only about
>>10-20% of processor capacity. Therefore, to limit it capacities based on
>>its current operating level is to deny the possibility that hardware
>>(genetic) and software (memetic) modifications might result in heretofore
>>unforeseen improvements in performance.
>>Any comments, flames, et al...?
>I enjoyed your post immensely. However, I must depart with your line of
>thinking when you say the "instruction manual has been lost."
>There are many who feel our DNA code is just that, an instruction manual.
>Not only does it contain information of our past evolutionary states, it
>(probably) holds the key to our future phylogeny.

Interesting point. One that I was hoping someone might raise...

>Though sometimes scoffed at and ridiculed in the press as over-enthusiastic,
>I point you towards Timothy Leary's book _Info_Psychology_ (A manual on the
>use of the human nervous system according to the instructions of the

I've read it. Unfortunately, I am not sure about Leary's prescriptions on
the activations of the four higher circuits (hedonic, neurosomatic,
neurogenetic, and neuroatomic.) It's not *the* manual, but at least Leary
is trying to sit down and start coming up with one...

>Again, your post was one of the best I've seen so far this year. Finally,
>can you give me any information on the "Turing Test" you mentioned?

The Turing Test is the one utilized to distinguish a human being from an
artificial intelligence. A machine can pass the Turing Test if it can
convince a human being that it is also human (through remote
communication.) Most AIs (Eliza, et al.) cannot do this, because their
responses still seem too artificial and contrived.

> Jack
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Jack, thank you for responding. It's good to know there are other people
out there who not only know that Timothy Leary is not dead (thank you,
Moody Blues), but that he's not a virtual reality hologram either.

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