Friday, February 03, 2006


meat.rtf: "'They're made out of meat.'


'Meat. They're made out of meat.'


'There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat.'

'That's impossible. What about the radio signals? The messages to the stars?'

'They use the radio waves to talk, but the signals don't come from them. The signals come from machines.'

'So who made the machines? That's who we want to contact.'

'They made the machines. That's what I'm trying to tell you. Meat made the machines.'

'That's ridiculous. How can meat make a machine? You're asking me to believe in sentient meat.'"

A day of alternative viewpoints. The excellent prosthesis blog highlighted those people who oppose abortion, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, etc. but aren't the Christian right. These include the Pro-Life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians, several libertarian groups, such as Libertarians for Life, the Godless Pro-Life League and Feminists for Life. It's a timely reminder that chains of reasoning and the evidence that supports them are often more flexible than our secular society allows for.

1 comment:

toby said...

Yes - good stuff. I seem to remember it coming up in Philosophy of Mind at Oxford.