John,

Great question I am glad you asked it.  I think I was driven to this
list because of big questions, especially those which most people seem
to believe are unanswerable.  Questions such as:  Where did this
universe come from?  Why are we here and why am I me?  Is there a God?
 What is responsible for consciousness?  What is time?  Is there life
after death? Etc.  After much reading and thought I am now mostly
satisfied with the answers I have arrived at, and keeping up with this
list and the issues people raise on various topics helps me to keep
updating my models of reality to hopefully become more correct.  I
think it is good mental exercise to ponder the questions people on
this list raise, and despite all the disagreement, chains of
assumptions, and inability to test many of the conjectures I think
this list is slowly making progress toward truth.

Jason


On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 3:42 PM, John Mikes <jami...@gmail.com> wrote:
> Bruno,
> merci pour le nom Jean Cocteau. J'ai voulu montrer que je semble
> vivant.
> I told my young bride of 61 years (originally economist, but follows all the
> plaisantries I speculate on) about the assumptions you guys speculate on and
> connect to assumptions of assumptions,  Torgny the zombie, Stephen Leibnitz'
> Monads, you numbers, others Q-immortality/suicide and partial teleportation
> at the level of highest science - and she asked -
> (because she believes in her love that I am into all that, - understanding):
> "What do you guys hope to achieve by all this speculation?"
> I replied: it's getting late, let's go to sleep.
>
> Well??? (I believe this is the most meaningful word in English)
>
> John M
>
>
> On Tue, May 12, 2009 at 11:22 AM, Bruno Marchal <marc...@ulb.ac.be> wrote:
>>
>> Hi John,
>>
>>
>>
>> On 11 May 2009, at 22:49, John Mikes wrote:
>>
>> >
>> > who was that French poet who made puns after death?
>> >
>> >> ...
>> > A french poet said, after he died  (!) :  "friends, pretend only to
>> > cry because poet pretends only to dye". (Faites semblant de pleurer
>> > mes amis puisque les poètes font semblant de mourrir").
>> >
>> >
>>
>> It is Jean Cocteau.
>>
>> In "Le Testament d'Orphée". A movie, made by Jean Cocteau, where he
>> plays the role of the dying poet. I am not entirely sure of the total
>> correctness of the quote. It could be "Faites semblant de pleurer mes
>> amis puisque les poètes ne font que semblant d'être mort".
>>
>> Best,
>>
>> Bruno
>>
>>
>>
>> http://iridia.ulb.ac.be/~marchal/
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
> >
>

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