Re: >H Fwd: [isml] Building Better Humans

From: Damien Broderick (
Date: Mon Jan 01 2001 - 22:17:12 MST

Newsweek deep thinker sez:

>When the word "cyborg" first appeared in the middle of the 20th
>century, it was strictly the stuff of science fiction.

Well, no. When the word "cyborg" first appeared in 1960, it was strictly
the stuff of science - a projection, by neuroscientist Dr Manfred Clynes
and associate Nathan S. Kline (no, not clones), of the human-machine hybrid
NASA might need to develop for extended space missions.


That would have taken about 15 seconds to discover, but hey, why bother
when there's this great cheap gibe at hand?

[BTW, what does `the stuff of' *mean*, anyway? It seems to be one of those
weasely phrases that crop up out of the memetic undergrowth when really,
like, grown up, poised, take no shit from *you* bozos sophisticates wish to
express their disdain for ideas they're too lazy to try to understand. Or,
as an Aussie would say, they `couldn't be stuffed'.]

Damien Broderick

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