„The basic stimulus to the intelligence is doubt, a feeling that the meaning of an experience is not self-evident.“
— W. H. Auden Anglo-American poet 1907 - 1973
"The Protestant Mystics", p. 51
„I do not believe in the God of the theologians; but that there is a Supreme Intelligence I do not doubt“
— Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
The Freethinker (1970), G.W. Foote & Company, Volume 90, p. 147.
— Tom Holt British writer 1961
„“Yes,” he said, “intelligence does enable you to deny facts you dislike. But your denial doesn’t matter. A cancer growing in someone’s body will go on growing in spite of denial. And a complex combination of genes that work together to make you intelligent as well as hierarchical will still handicap you whether you acknowledge it or not.”“
— Octavia E. Butler American science fiction writer 1947 - 2006
Part I “Womb” chapter 5 (p. 39).
„I know it's tedious, but you aren't SL4 until you appreciate the depth of human irrationality. Yes rationality is there, but at a level that just barely shows up when measured with precise instruments. This is important with respect to non-human intelligences, because super-rationality, almost as much as superintelligence, is potentially overwhelming and because intelligence bootstraping moves a system towards rationality. Appreciate how far humans are from rational and you appreciate how utterly transformed, and essentially recreated, they would be by haphazard bootstrapping. Appreciate how formidable rationality is and you see why a highly rational infrahuman GAI would still be a massive existential threat.“
— Michael Vassar President of the Singularity Institute 1979
"Another reminder of irrationality" http://sl4.org/archive/0602/14276.html, February 2006
„“Our real experiences, day by day and moment by moment, are so intrinsically organised and definite, it does not at first occur to us that the principles which organise and define them, rendering them intelligible, and consciously apprehensible, are and must be the spontaneous products of the mind's own action.”“
— George Holmes Howison American philosopher 1834 - 1916
„Yes, he is intelligent. But we must be more intelligent. We must be so intelligent that he does not suspect us of being intelligent at all.“
— Agatha Christie English mystery and detective writer 1890 - 1976
— Terry Goodkind American novelist 1948
„Chess is as elaborate a waste of human intelligence as you can find outside an advertising agency.“
— Raymond Chandler Novelist, screenwriter 1888 - 1959
„He had just about enough intelligence to open his mouth when he wanted to eat, but certainly no more.“
— P.G. Wodehouse English author 1881 - 1975
„Solomon: Your entry in Wikipedia says that your work has inspired many students to begin careers in computing and artificial intelligence.
Hofstadter: I have no interest in computers. The entry is filled with inaccuracies, and it kind of depresses me.
Solomon: So fix it.
Hofstadter: The next day someone will fix it back.“
— Douglas Hofstadter American professor of cognitive science 1945
Quoted in Deborah Solomon, "The Mind Reader," http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/01/magazine/01wwlnQ4.t.html New York Times (2007-04-01)
„How right politicians are to look upon their constituents as cattle! Anyone who has any experience of dealing with any class as such knows the futility of appealing to intelligence, indeed to any other qualities than those of brutes.“
— Aleister Crowley poet, mountaineer, occultist 1875 - 1947