lcorbin at rawbw.com
Sat May 23 21:00:28 UTC 2009
Damien writes about his diatribe
> Now the peanut gallery can start
> yipping about "political correctness."
As chairman of the peanut gallery, I object
to this demeaning of our mission. Modesty
should have prevented you, in the first
place :) from presuming that you had the
clout to set up political correctness!
> Most of the people posting here seem
> to have no notion how depraved it
> is to speak of human bodies as "meat".
I plead guilty. Indeed, we should aspire
to good taste whenever such an alternative
is pointed out to us.
> I wish you'd all get over this nerdish
This causes me to wonder exactly how much
of our common memeset here might fall
under that description.
> Meat is dead, hacked-up flesh. My body
> isn't meat, it's me, and yours
> isn't meat either. It's a living person.
> The jeering philistinism of calling our
> bodies "meat" reminds me of insensitive
> oafs who disdain van Vogh's paintings
> as "daubing"...
I admit to being quite surprised by your
vehemence; but point well taken---though
use of the term did start out as a joke.
> or Shakespeare as a "scribbler".
> Yes, sometimes it's hard not to distance yourself from your frail flesh
> when some of your organs start to break down, or viruses make you sick,
> or when a consumerist culture flings endless hyperstimuli images of
> toned, buff, beautiful humans at you, making you (for values of "you"
> that I'm sure include at least some people in these discussions) squirm
> with self-disgust inside your overweight unfit short-sighted geekish
> pizza-and-Coke-fed body. I think we'd be better off trying to maximize
> our sense of self-reliant embodiment rather than indulging in abjection
> and denial.
> None of this diatribe implies that *only* mammalian, conscious
> embodiment deserves respect. But if we wish to see respect for minds
> instantiated on different kinds of substrates, when they finally arrive,
> we'd do well to start by getting rid of the cheap sneers at "meat".
> Now the peanut gallery can start yipping about "political correctness."
> Damien Broderick
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