Indeed. I’ve been into transhuman thought for more than 15 years. I have noticed that people seem to think I am less and less crazy over time, but most people still express dismay when I hold up my arm (which is perfectly functional) and remind them that I only have that arm because I cannot buy a superior replacement yet. When that is possible, I have no qualms about discarding the flesh like any obsolete tool. Not everyone is ready for that, but I’m happy to be an early adopter.
August 8, 2012 at 7:54am
Does anyone else find it amusing and draw parallels with Islamophobia? We live in such a free and tolerant society that activists seem to need to make up hate crimes if there aren’t enough to go around. I am always wary of so-called viral campaigns and I refuse to join in on something until all the facts are in.
May 24, 2012 at 6:39pm
Buckhorn never struck me as a bad guy…but if the terrorists ran off with Representative Kathy Castor, I’d probably root for the terrorists for once. Anything to get her out of office.
May 14, 2012 at 2:52pm
I don’t support labeling kids with adult psychiatric disorders and I think we’re severely over-medicating people of all ages for psychiatric illnesses…but shall we do nothing to interrupt the development of a psychopath? We always recognize the signs in hindsight and it seems we could do more than going “yeah, he did kinda act uncaring with animals when he was 10″ after we catch him 20 years later as a serial killer.
May 14, 2012 at 2:46pm
I, like Mr. Allison, believe that killing another human being is abhorrent. However, I have no illusions that the only way to ensure that folks like KSM aren’t later released (like say the Locherbie bomber) is to kill him. If we must kill him, I think we ought to do it in such a way that will give people who believe as he does reason to reconsider their own decision to be terrorists. How about death by firing squad with bullets blessed by a Rabbi and dipped in pig’s blood? I guess I learned my Machiavelli well, it is better to be feared than loved if you cannot be both.
May 9, 2012 at 9:54am
Some food for thought. If you had a life-threatening condition, and the doctor offered you a surgery that had an estimated failure rate of 99.5% based on a handful of very limited studies but that it was “God’s plan for you to have the surgery,” would you take the surgery? Should the doctor be forced to make you sign a waiver so that you can’t sue when it doesn’t work? If presented with such a waiver, would you want to sign?
If a group of people with no interest in how or why you do what you do was constantly reminding you that they know your motivations better than you, that those motivations are evil and you need forgiveness for how you feel, you might get angry too.
I have a good relationship with both my parents, don’t have any issues with women (unless you want to count not being interested in sleeping with them), I was never abused. Yet…Being gay…feels right, feels better to me in a way I can’t really put into words. I know that’s not convincing to you and it probably shouldn’t be. I wouldn’t accept personal experience as proof of God either.
May 2, 2012 at 9:08pm
@Vance — Unfortunately, plenty of parents and bullies do give it the old college try anyway.
@AB5R — That didn’t work either. I hate dancing.
May 2, 2012 at 9:05pm
Careful….You might still get charged with abuse if the child later develops diabetes from the sugary drinks. ;-)
April 30, 2012 at 9:39pm
*shrugs* I predict a yawn-fest. No significant portion of the populace cares. I will personally be at work. Things need to get done.
April 30, 2012 at 9:37pm
If most people thought like the two of you, I might consider running for office. But how many would vote for a gay, atheist conservative? Not enough. My agenda, call it naive if you will, is to leave as many people as possible alone to do as they please as long as no 3rd party has to pay for the consequences. I believe in the free market and science and I point to history to show they solve more problems than they create. I distrust anyone who says “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” And I certainly never trust anyone who tells me that they have all the answers and will gladly sell them to me (as in Global Warming/Climate change). But regardless, I’m unelectable. So enjoy the kind of person who you can elect…
April 30, 2012 at 9:21pm
Things always tend to be more complicated than we humans first imagine. Perhaps we’ll come to see life as a continuum rather than the strict way we see things today.
April 30, 2012 at 9:18pm
Ah… Everyone’s favorite debate!
The social planners, left and right, are equally convinced that they have it right and create that perfect utopia if only we give in to their demands. For background — I’m a gay man and atheist. From my perspective, it is more important to create a society of minimized hypocrisy. You’re gay? Fine. Be gay, as gay as you feel the need to be. Wanna be a Marxist? A scriptural literalist? Young Earth Creationist? Go for it. Stop hiding. Stop pretending you love your neighbor as you love yourself or that you really believe a “progressive” tax system is “fair.”
I did a fair amount of experimenting in my youth. I was a Green, a Marxist, even a National Socialist (yeah…a Nazi). I’ve struggled with feeling same-sex attraction and wanting to be “normal.” I felt shame for who I am and how I viewed the world. I’ve been a Christian believer….I’ve been an agnostic… I even did a few Eastern religions…I’ve been an atheist.
I can be content no longer. My questions took me to places where experts could give me no answers and I decided to embrace what I found until I have a better explanation.
To those who have never experienced it… Imagine that everyone around you passionately believes that 2 plus 2 is 5 and you alone know it is 4. That is what it feels like to be gay…or an atheist. Everyone tells you they know better than you. And you’d laugh, if you weren’t so busy feeling sorry for them for not see
April 30, 2012 at 7:29pm
I’m not sure I could think of a worse thing than Obama being assassinated. If there is anything that could start a race war….a real war, not one of the Obama administration’s faux wars against this or that group…This would be it. I’m already at the point where I no longer pay attention to the criticism that someone is simply “racist,” and the Obama cronies were the nail in that coffin. I believe in an anemic government, something too small to get in the way. I want to be left alone, to stand or fall on my own talents and abilities…If this is racist, then sign me up. I am not scared anymore. Go on….squander the sympathy people have retained from the past when blacks were truly treated unfairly, it only hastens the day when no one will listen to you.
I have always thought that ,if something happened to Obama it would be his own communist party who would do it, and try to blame conservatives for the crime...
April 18, 2012 at 1:29pm
And I always thought of the astronomical improbability of my birth to be an inspiration to life the best and most satisfying life I can.
April 18, 2012 at 10:24am
Indeed. Smells to me like a catalog designer trying to be “edgy” without being threatening. I get a number of these things in the mail so I can follow the alleged style trends (I may reject the current style and go on wearing a button-down and a fedora, but I do try to follow along). But what does the image have to do with selling the clothes? Are there that many teen girls who need to check out how their dress will look when they’re making out with one of their friends? Nah… I’ll bet the catalog did it on purpose to hit the news, then everyone orders the catalog to see what the issue is and their circulation goes way up. Nice marketing ploy.
April 15, 2012 at 5:45pm
You all seem to have missed that Funny or Die is a comedy site. They’re just mocking Cameron’s position. The whole thing is tongue-in-cheek unless you have no sense of humor.
April 15, 2012 at 5:40pm
Well….Alan Turing helped crack the Enigma code in WWII and he came up with some of the basic concepts behind modern computing.
April 15, 2012 at 5:34pm
Unnatural does not necessarily equate to harmful.
Farming with irrigation, fertilizer and pest control is not “natural” in the sense that humans are adding elements which we know assist plant growth but which are not conditions with regularly occur in nature. Clothing is also not natural, but I doubt either you or I would prefer seeing everyone naked. So sometimes, what is not natural is beneficial and every time you use technology, you’re conceding that point implicitly.
April 12, 2012 at 12:46pm
The amount of hate you encounter from someone with respect to their beliefs is inversely proportional to how seriously they take their beliefs and how strongly you reject their beliefs.
A committed atheist who confronts a fundamentalist Young Earth Creationist is going to have a far more negative encounter than an agnostic confronting an occasional churchgoer who believes that God is the perfect answer to any gaps in our current scientific understanding.
Think about it from the theist’s perspective, if they’re trying to save you from eternal damnation, can they justify any actions to that end? They certainly have done so in the past.