Jeron Lanier's Abstract

Title: In defense of dualism

Abstract: It is tempting to reject dualism because it recalls overbearing churches and

seems inelegant. However, the alternatives to dualism are worse. Science suffers,

because the culture of science becomes dominated by "premature mystery denialism."

The larger problem is economic and political. Rejecting fundamental ontology inevitably

supports the new overbearing church, which is a tech industry that claims to own what is

called "artificial intelligence" even though what they (we) are really doing is monopolizing

the data of everyone else. Ethics and morality suffer as well, since the definition of

personhood comes to serve commercial interests. Dualism clarifies what science can do

and what it can't. Dualism unsullies business, ethics, science, spirituality, and