thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun May 24 18:24:42 UTC 2009
At 01:06 PM 5/24/2009 -0400, Harvey wrote:
>Terry Bisson's "They're Made Out of Meat"
The story reinforces my point. It's a parody of contemporary
provincialism, the "computers can't possible be conscious" brigade.
That is, the machines (or whatever they are) in the story are
expressing their own narrow, contemptuous incredulity by using the
word "meat." (Incidentally, the whole joke is a sleight of hand,
because such inorganic beings wouldn't *use* the word "meat," at
least not in that way.)
I had an entertaining meal with Terry Bisson once. We both ate meat.
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