(urth) Re: urth-urth.net Digest, Vol 6, Issue 1
marudubshinki at gmail.com
Tue Feb 1 14:40:18 PST 2005
Those may be genetically human bodies, but the examples you pose are
not clearly human. They can do nothing we regard as quintessentially
human (anything that separates us from animals, which makes us regard
ourselves as sentient beings, lords of nature, moral agents etc and
everything else as not) even if there is a chance they might. We
judge on present capabilities and results, not potentials- I do not
support abortion, for example, because it might prevent the next few
h-bomb inventors, Stalins, Hitlers etc, nor do I think life sentences
for all crimes (after all, most crimes are done by recidivists!) are
And the Annese were already destroyed. Sic transit mundi.
Microsoft delenda est.
On Tue, 1 Feb 2005 21:15:16 +0000 (GMT), Jim Raylor
<rjraylor at yahoo.co.uk> wrote:
> Annese delenda est
> It has already been pointed out that a one line
> response does not need to be accompanied by the whole
> preceding post. So I will not reiterate the point!
> Ichythoids often check their appearance in the
> bathroom mirror before leaving home.
> The point of my 'Testing Turing' story is that in many
> ways a reflection can pass the Turing test, though I
> am not suggesting a trick of the light should deceive
> It is worth considering humans who cannot pass the
> turing test or the shovel test... illiterates perhaps,
> babies, people in comas etc.
> I am not a number I am a free person!
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