Speaking of Artisanal Obsession …

Enthusiasm is one thing …

… but not everything.

There is a, er, downside to going too far. Here’s one graphic artist who might like to rethink it — if it’s not too late …

too late, somethings just can’t be unseen …

Going with a similar theme …

… of course you are …

But the real downside of these obsessions may be the (apparently-unstoppable) process they herald  — one all too familiar to residents (often former residents) of London, Seattle, San Francisco…

This Chap, for one, can’t be arsed with artisanal cheeses, cereal and the like. Just give us livable neighborhoods.

Sorry, re the cereal … anywhere “offering a cornucopia” of anything needs to be derided.


It’s made us what we are today.

Well, that was the idea, anyway

Or as a great military strategist put it:

No plan of operations extends with any certainty beyond the first contact with the main hostile force.

Field Marshal Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke

Or as a great boxer put it:

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.

Mike Tyson

Still Thinking About Paris

As this Chap mused ruefully, earlier

When US businesses are speaking out en masse in favor of the Paris Agreement, on business grounds, and the head of the EPA is agin it — well, summat’s definitely nasty oop i’t woodshed.

The  evident caprice and almost-risible evasions and denials suggest strongly this was not, shall we say, a consensus political decision … more an individual, less-considered agenda.

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Socrates Redux — Redux

 …The devoted reader will of course remember how Graham’s long fret ahem, extensive and informed meditation on the implications of human-machine brain transfer, Socratic Angst, elicited an extensive and erudite response from a friend, hereinafter known as YetAnotherChap. The Chaps considered this both bore reprinting in full, as it was at Socrates Redux, and a full response, hopefully equally erudite.
However, as it falls to Graham, we will have to see what emerges …

Graham repeats …
… the previous cogitating, girding loins for discourse, clearing throat, and…

Not again …

… and begins, IF you don’t mind, by reviewing and summarizing Yet Another Chap’s comments and arguments against the possibility of the proposed human-machine transfers. To wit …

Reliance on a faulty model.

The brain removal and replacement, or replication, approach, leans heavily and egocentrically on a Cartesian-dualist information-processing model, assuming the entire “persona” is contained within the neurological structure of the brain.

Effect of sensory deprivation.

The “person” is not simply contained within an organic structure, but derives identity from environmental interaction, through the senses. To replicate the “person” one must also replicate senses and perception (by implication, the entire perceptual history of the individual). Any artificial reconstruction there will also add artificiality, inauthenticity, to the reproduction.


…cannot, in fact, be separated from or exist without those senses, or the accretion of sensory perceptions over time.



But There’s More ….

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Socratic Angst

Graham is concerned about Socrates …

… well, not Socrates exactly. But it starts with him.

Unexamined is one thing, but what if the exam already took place without our knowledge? This chap continues with the fear that if the Unexamined status were ended right now, he might actually fail…

Or considered another way — how much examination is enough, and how much too much? That thought was triggered by this quote … Continue reading “Socratic Angst”

Has Anyone In The EEC Read Asimov

John recalls the following common knowledge

  • A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

The ‘laws’ were postulated by one Isaac Asimov back in 1942. Over the years they have served us well. And then god damn it – we went and started actually developing robots in real life. Continue reading “Has Anyone In The EEC Read Asimov”