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PostSubject: Quote   Wed Dec 06, 2006 10:35 am

So, what is your thinking on this quote? Correct? Inaccurate? Why?

I think computer viruses should count as life. I think it says something about human nature that the only form of life we have created so far is purely destructive. We've created life in our own image.
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PostSubject: Re: Quote   Wed Dec 06, 2006 11:14 am

Nah. We can make sophisticated programs all the time, but let's see one that has free thought, is capable of learning, and is self-aware.
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PostSubject: Re: Quote   Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:11 pm

Jig wrote:
Nah. We can make sophisticated programs all the time, but let's see one that has free thought, is capable of learning, and is self-aware.

...and can spontaneously create itself (not re-create). I think that the point that Mr. Hawkicns was trying to make is that humans are inherently evil.... which we are.........computer virus's or not.
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PostSubject: Re: Quote   Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:36 pm

I agree....that was (to me) Mr. Hawkins' point.

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PostSubject: Re: Quote   Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:39 pm

I'm supprised the guy didn't end his quote with... "Man I'm hungry, anyone have anything to eat?"

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PostSubject: Re: Quote   Wed Dec 06, 2006 1:46 pm

Lynelle wrote:
Jig wrote:
Nah. We can make sophisticated programs all the time, but let's see one that has free thought, is capable of learning, and is self-aware.

...and can spontaneously create itself (not re-create). I think that the point that Mr. Hawkicns was trying to make is that humans are inherently evil.... which we are.........computer virus's or not.

I would have to agree with Lynelle and AJ on this quote of Mr. Hawkins. The problem with the "sophisticated" programs man comes up with is that they lack free thought. The Lord made us free moral agents and a computer program does not have this option. It is a mere machine doing the bidding of the operator, therefore it will only function to the ability of a finite human mind, which is sinful in nature.
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