Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson

By Kim Stanley Robinson

From the award-winning writer of the Mars Trilogy comes an exhilarating new novel....

Kim Stanley Robinson, writer of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars trilogy, is likely one of the most unique and visionary writers of fiction this day. Now, in his newest novel, he is taking us to a harsh, alien panorama lined through a sheet of ice miles deep. this is often no far away planet--it is the final natural barren region on earth.

A stark and inhospitable position, its panorama poses a problem to survival; but its unusual, silent attractiveness has lengthy involved scientists and adventurers. Now Antarctica faces an doubtful destiny. The foreign treaty that protects the continent is ready to dissolve, clearing the best way for Antarctica's assets and eerie attractiveness to be plundered. As politicians and companies flow to figure out its destiny from part a global away, radical environmentalists perform a covert crusade of sabotage to reclaim the land. The winner of this severe conflict will ascertain the longer term for this final nice wilderness....

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It doesn’t matter for present purposes what that more fundamental level is. All that matters is that microphysical processes are constituted by computational processes, which are themselves constituted by more basic processes. From now on I will regard the Computational Hypothesis as saying this. I don’t know whether the Computational Hypothesis is correct. But again, I don’t know that it is false. The hypothesis is coherent, if speculative, and I cannot conclusively rule it out. The Computational Hypothesis is not a skeptical hypothesis.

3. Thus, by “CTM,” in this context, I do not just mean classicism. g. connectionism, dynamical systems theory, symbolicism, or some combination thereof). See Kurzweil (2005). For philosophical background see Block’s piece in this volume (Chapter 14) and Churchland (1996). 4. This commonly held but controversial view in philosophy of cognitive science is called “multiple realizability”; Bostrom calls it ‘Substrate Independence’ in his 2003. pdf, extracted at Dec. 1, 2008. Bostrom, Nick and Cirkovic, Milar (2008), Global Catastrophic Risks, Oxford: OUP.

Socrates: Imagine once more, I said, such a one coming suddenly out of the sun to be replaced in his old situation; would he not be certain to have his eyes full of darkness? Glaucon: To be sure, he said. 17. Socrates: And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the den, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable) would he not be ridiculous?

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