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13 comments

"New Atheists" (1)

fustakrakich (1673220) | about a year ago | (#43697581)

Are they different from the old ones?

Re:"New Atheists" (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about a year ago | (#43698913)

Same dust, different arrangement.

Re:"New Atheists" (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about a year ago | (#43699609)

Near as I can tell, stupider and more redundant. I can replace a new atheist with a pseudorandom number generator and a set of e-books from certain scientists who think that they are also philosophers, without being worthy of the term.

How very meat centric of you (1)

quax (19371) | about a year ago | (#43698255)

So what exactly sets our wetware apart?

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about a year ago | (#43699619)

Soul.

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

quax (19371) | about a year ago | (#43701885)

Care to define this for me :-)

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about a year ago | (#43709225)

Soul is Software, wetware is hardware

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

quax (19371) | about a year ago | (#43710305)

You are confusing me. If you define soul as software, than it should be able to run on other plattforms as well, not only wetware.

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about a year ago | (#43710911)

Silicon isn't compatible.

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

quax (19371) | about a year ago | (#43711127)

So what physical attribute then makes our wetware so different?

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | about a year ago | (#43714893)

No physical attribute, but human beings are not purely physical (if you were, you wouldn't be able to create anything). Of course, neither is a computer, but a computer isn't programmed to have a soul either- a computer is a tool, nothing more, and we're a LONG way from granting free will to even a dog, let alone a computer.

Re:How very meat centric of you (1)

quax (19371) | about a year ago | (#43715501)

What about computers programmed to learn from the environment? There internal attributes are not directly accessible and decodable to the programmers, i.e. you can't be entirely certain what the computer will do until it does it.

These artificial neural networks are of course on the level of primitive organisms, but the bio-mimicry so far did not reveal anything special about the neural wetware that it was copied from.

   

How to drive the New Atheists entirely insane (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | about a year ago | (#43705101)

Too late.
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