Wednesday, March 30, 2005

why computers don't have faces

Computers don't have faces, because they are not a "person" that we interact with. The computer is an extension of our mindbody. For the computer to pretend that it's a different person than us adds an unnecessary & distracting level of indirection.

Monday, March 14, 2005

duck necrophilia! | Research | Necrophilia among ducks ruffles research feathers

& they say blogs are pointless & puerile! this is important stuff!

seriously, next time you hear the argument about human beings being uniquely devolved from natural bliss, "the only species that ((insert bad thing))," perhaps this article will win you a debating point or two


Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Philosophical Health Check

Philosophical Health Check

wowie zowie

this thing's cooler than i expected

..also, Taboo. I'm not so much up on taboos, of course, so I nearly got all 0s on this one.

The one question I wavered a bit on was about a man making a promise to his mother on her deathbed to visit her grave weekly, & then not following through. What I feel like is "wrong" (my concept of "wrong" might not match most ppls) is if his promise wasn't made with complete sincerity.

I have a strange hunger in me for honor. Like, I see there as being situations where clarity of speech & action are fundamentally important, not because of a particular situation but because of a larger possibility, that by following a rule of honor a sort of perfect world is born.

I guess I don't really think it's immoral to choose to be dishonorable. It's not that it makes you bad (= worthy of punishment) to opt out. But I just think it's good to opt in. It's a nice way to live.

There's this science fiction story that influenced me a lot. I totally forget now where I read it. But in the story what happens is this fellow is on a world checking out some "savages" & they have this bizarre burial ritual, where you take the contents of the dead person's bowels (what would have become them) to the top of a particular mountain. Blah blah, the details aren't the point.

The point is, the fellow in the story didn't believe in this crazy ritual, that the skygods on the mountain would grant you an afterlife if your leftover shit got up to this peak, or whatever. He didn't think it was "true." But he still felt deeply honored by it-- he'd rather die down there & be honored by those crazy savages, than be treated clinically by the "logical" spacepeople.

Honor isn't about what's true. It's about this fantasy world, this shared delusion, but which in an odd way is more true than what's true.