[extropy-chat] Re: Animals
naddy at mips.inka.de
Fri Feb 13 01:42:38 UTC 2004
Brent Neal <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:
> I must admit to being a fan of Brin (and especially of his indictment of
> George Lucas. But I digress.), but I don't necessarily think that Brin's
> portrayal of the obligation to Uplift species was as much about morality
> as it was about the necessity of survival in the universe Brin had
> constructed for them.
Yes. I guess my phrasing wasn't quite clear. Avatar Polymorph
suggested the moral obligation, not Brin.
> But I don't necessarily agree that uplifting a chimp necessarily gets
> you a human.
Well, you need to modify
- the brain, to make it more human,
- the voicebox, to make it more human,
- the skeletal structure, to make it more human,
See a pattern there?
Yes, you can arrive at something that is still visibly and behaviorally
different from a human, but I still think it's a silly exercise.
> I mean, when I get a adrenaline boost, I don't get any urges to
> climb trees. Do you? ;)
Having just drunk a pot of maté ("none of the side effects of
caffeine" my ass!), I do feel a certain urge to go out and cut down
a big tree. Or just walk up the wall. ;-)
Christian "naddy" Weisgerber naddy at mips.inka.de
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