via Don, this great short Q&A about Cylons. In a nutshell: they have souls, and they are human by any reasonable spiritual sense of the word.
This reminds me of the recent piece in Wired about extreme atheists like Richard Dawkins. Notable exchange, between the author (an agnostic) and reknowned philosopher Daniel Dennett:
It interests me that, though Dennett is an atheist, he does not see faith merely as a useless vestige of our primitive nature, something we can, with effort, intellectualize away. No rational creature, he says, would be able to do without unexamined, sacred things.
“Would intelligent robots be religious?” it occurs to me to ask.
“Perhaps they would,” he answers thoughtfully. “Although, if they were intelligent enough to evaluate their own programming, they would eventually question their belief in God.”
And therein lies the Cylons’ angst in a nutshell.
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While waiting to finish my second ISMRM abstract, I enjoyed the Wired article. I’ve always been amused that people like Dawkins have more in common with religious zealots than they realize. 🙂
deadline in 16 hours! If all goes well I will have my abstracts submitted by noon. Assuming the system doesn’t crash. I still feel cheated though. I mean, BERLIN?! after being promised Barcelona?? sigh.
yeah yeah, MRI blog… maybe i should have an Imaging Open Thread from time to time to release the pressure?
I have one submitted, but my other was just torpedoed. Something about needing data. 🙂 I guess it’ll wait for another conference.
From the derb FAQ
Religious people get to have religious experiences without using ecstasy. 🙂
yes quorlox…but a religious experience can still get u dead.
witness hallaj, porete, taha, and jesus, to name a few.
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