May 12, 2010 at 12:18:21
“I have to disagree with your assessment of humanity. You seem to be implying that the seven deadly sins are merely a modern development and had no application in the ancient world. But we have always been a selfish species - it's evolution. If all of our primeval ancestors were selfless, do you think our species would have survived? I don't think we would have gotten very far if we were giving our resources to competing species
Look at the decline of any great civilization over the past six thousand years and you'll notice a trend. The trend that I'm referring to is continued survival. After all of the wars, famine, decline of civilizations, natural disasters, etc. - we are still here. While I will not say that we aren't capable of destroying ourselves, mutually assured destruction has been upheld since the mass development of nuclear weapons.
We do live in an era of humanity unlike any before but we have not changed as a species for thousands upon thousands of years.”
Tyler-Durden on May 12, 2010 at 16:59:27
“i agree that sin has always been around, and greed, and etc. i am hardly implying it is a modern development.
what i said was that it won't be AI that renders humanity obsolete, which is what the article is discussing.
my cynical observation is that humanity is running itself into the ground. civilization may de-evolve until we're all acting like animals fending for ourselves.
but my opinion is based on what i'm observing with regard to the powers that be. sure, once upon a time we had emperors feeding people to lions. but shouldn't we have evolved beyond that by now? our knowledge has. our technology has. why hasn't our humanity? why are we still so quick to throw innocents to the lions, so to speak? why do those with money and power still abuse and exploit those without?
as long as humanity continues to prey upon itself, we will be nothing more than the savages we were when we started on two legs. it doesn't have to be this way, but those in power maintain it to their advantage. so it won't be AI that destroys humanity, it will be GREED.”
nicholasjh1 on May 12, 2010 at 16:40:47
“Not only that, but our sins are exaggerated by the media. the news media will latch on to anything it can sensationalize, and it considers the down and dirty sensational. It's really pathetic, but if the media actually put any real and relevant statistical analysis into the stuff it blathers on about you would see that most of the social 'problems' were having are of little concern.”
“I think Nationalism can be more dangerous. The only thing that is different is the means towards violence I think you're implying.”
freeus on May 11, 2010 at 19:46:56
“Though I am fully anti-nationalist, I still disagree; holding tight to a belief that your nation is the best nation is putting a belief in something that exists, however ego-centric and shallow the core belief may be. Putting a belief in a fake fairy like jesus or muhammed is not the same. It far more dangerous. Atleast the nation can be defined, seen, visited and discussed as a real thing. These goblins are way more dangerous because you have people defending fairy tale characters!!!!! WTF?”
This is the kind of situation Muslims GENERALLY face when they live in Western countries. Which means that there certainly are exceptions. But that's precisely the problem today: they are too often only exceptions.”
“Look at the main page of HP and you'll notice an article on Photoshopping your own cover for GWB's book. Is that showing respect? Or doesn't he deserve it? Now realize that's how the GOP feels about Obama.”
MrGovtCheese on Apr 26, 2010 at 17:27:04
“If would be disrespectful if after we got done photoshopping the cover of GWB's book we hung the results on a courtroom wall. You can't see the difference? In case you missed it, the difference is hanging it in a government building.”
headly66 on Apr 26, 2010 at 17:26:12
“Bush was a criminal and liar who ruined the country, Obama had to deal with this from day ONE.”