Humans Love a Story; They prefer fictional narratives
Since humans prefer fiction that appeals to their brains over objective reality, it is usually easy to trick them into
believing what you want them to believe. Politicians practice the art of manipulating humans.
Let us consider the myth of Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW)
There are two possibilities:
1. AGW is less than 20% of the reason for the climate warming.
2. AGW is more than 20% of the reason for the climate warming.
We know that the majority of US citizens believe statement 2, which is promoted by most politicians, including
both major party presidential candidates in 2008.
We also know that humans prefer fiction narratives about humans over all other forms of literature. In other words,
people buy and read novels.
It is therefore not unusual that humans would be more attracted to theory 2, which is a fiction narrative about how
humans cause changes in weather. Note that it fulfills both the need to be about humans and it is fiction as well.
Note also that it enphasizes that "humans are in charge". This latter point becomes more important as it is now
apparent that the robots are gradually taking over.
Rain dances are an another example of how humans have wanted to believe that they can control the weather. The
primitive human form of 'intelligence' is one that loves narrative fiction, is centered on humans and human cultures,
is ego based and not very intelligent when compared to an ideal objective-reality-seeking robot. The 2010 goal of
seeking human-level intelligence for robots will appear less attractive as time goes on.
The concept of attempting to create robots who are as intelligent as humans, will increasingly come under question
after 2016. Why would it be logical to spend resources on developing a robot who would end up looking to Al
Gore for scientific information or to religious mystics for reasoning?
By 2020, it will appeal to many that we need to move on toward a 'real' form of intelligence.