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Comment author: Kevin_Reid 06 February 2009 03:33:44PM 2 points [-]

What concept in the Babyeaters' language is the humans' "good" translated to? We have been given a concrete concept for their terminal value, but what is theirs for ours, if any?

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Comment author: Kevin_Reid 21 October 2008 10:48:55PM 2 points [-]

This is incidental to the topic, but what do you mean by “controlled shutdown”, as distinct from “shutdown”?

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Comment author: Kevin_Reid 22 August 2008 11:26:37AM 0 points [-]

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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?