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72 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 August 2007 10:27PM

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Comment author: Kevin_Reid 26 August 2007 01:35:09AM 11 points [-]

Nitpick:

The Secret of Life was infinitely beyond the reach of science! Not just a little beyond, mind you, but infinitely beyond!

But Kelvin (in your quote) qualified it with "... hitherto entered on". Whether or not "infinitely" is fitting, doesn't this imply that Kelvin did not think that future scientific inquiry could not succeed?

Comment author: pnrjulius 29 May 2012 03:43:51AM 3 points [-]

Kelvin was smart enough to hedge his bets?

Comment author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 15 January 2013 12:13:10PM 4 points [-]

(a) not when you say "infinitely"

(b) "Its power of directing the motions of moving particles, in the demonstrated daily miracle of our human free-will, and in the growth of generation after generation of plants from a single seed, are infinitely different from any possible result of the fortuitous concurrence of atoms"