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  1. Fred Thornton
    June 22, 2022 @ 3:17 pm

    Ah, it’s nice to see I’m not the only one who likes to play in such thought. Pretty obvious the author and I have crossed some of the same (mental) terrain in our respective wanderings. Still though, I’d have to argue a couple of points with him, and if he knew my map I’m sure he’d have a couple of mine he’d want to debate.

    One to debate? NO, I don’t think humans can predict the form in which a true entity evolved to dwell in the digital domains, a denizen of the pixel forest as it were, might take. More than a bit contradictory and arrogant to assume that we could perceive the nature of a creature which whose complexity can be NO LESS than full, and very poorly understood, level of our own existence.

    ON the other hand? IF the internet etc et al isn’t already sentient… after its’ own fashion… I’d be rather surprised. Now, that said? IF that sentience also recognized in short order that WE are also at least semi-sentient I’d have to call that a “Finger of God” thing. To such a sentience as that the full throw of mankind’s digital traffic would simply be the background noise of its’ universe. I can’t see it actually comprehending, not right away anyhow, that that random complexity was being generated by billions of other entities.

    He calls it “The Fourth Arena,” I call it “The Third Reality of Man”… but what’s in that? Thanks for finding and publishing this. Good to know I’m not the only explorer treading the edges of insanity trying to look UP the ladder of evolution.