Evidence of absence can be hard to find. Since our minds are endlessly inquisitive and infinitely creative, belief doesn’t have to mean an absence of doubt. Agree or disagree, David Farrier suggests our signatures will remain when we will be absent. Maybe those fossilised traces will be concreted radioactive waste among middens of chicken bones wrapped in plastic but what about narrative, myth and metaphor?
Karl Popper and others proposed that as we add true and eliminate false beliefs, our best scientific theories become increasingly truthlike (Oddie and Cevolani). Our plastic minds comprehend that an average household size of 2.74 people is both true and false. Context matters.
Could judgement be the challenge to delay AI?
Written poetry has already lost the dieresis that inflects the spoken poëtry. Oral traditions preserve such distinctions but for how long can such voices persist?
What else will be missed?
Tree font – The Language of Trees by Katie Holten (Elliot & Thompson, 2023)
Footprints: In Search of Future Fossils by David Farrier (4th Estate, 2020)
Oddie, Graham and Gustavo Cevolani, “Truthlikeness”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2022 Edition), Edward N. Zalta & Uri Nodelman (eds.), URL = https://plato.stanford.edu/archives/win2022/entries/truthlikeness/
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