Ghost In The Shell (was: Japanese Dynamism)

From: Martin Ling (
Date: Tue Jun 13 2000 - 06:07:17 MDT

On Tue, Jun 13, 2000 at 12:58:20PM +0200, KPJ wrote:
> It appears as if Anders Sandberg <> wrote:
> + But the Japanese have a much
> |more favorable view of the creation of artificial beings, most likely
> |due to the more dynamist view of ensoulment (as well as various
> |cultural and social factors, ranging from "Atomic Boy" in the 50's to
> |how robotics was introduced in factories). As a roboticist I know
> |said, "If you want to become a roboticist, learn Japanese - they have
> |such a natural attitude to robots!".
> Yes. The anime ``Kokaku kidotai'' (known in the USA as ``Ghost in the Shell'')
> shows this very well, IMO. <URL:>

Oh yes - I was meaning to get round to posting something about this film
in general. I thoroughly recommend it to you all - technically superb,
thoughtful and beautiful piece.

But one request - please, please, please watch the subtitled version.
The English dub is absolutely dreadful (I couldn't bear to watch more
than twenty minutes of it) and ruins the characters and atmosphere.


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