> > > THAT would be your answer to the parents????? "Suck it up,
> > > folks; no need to be irrationally emotional about this li'l ole
> > > aberration. It's only your kids lying dead in there."
> > Am I supposed to feel like an evil human being because I put
> > more faith in black-and-white numbers from a responsible study
> > than in the lament of some sobbing mother? Well, then, I'll
> > just have to accept that. My children will have to live with
> > the consequences of what I do, not with how I feel. Sorrow
> > won't accomplish anything. If that makes me inhuman, then
> > that's one more reason to desire to become transhuman--perhaps
> > a better-designed being won't be so distracted by emotional
> > reactions from making the right choices.
> > Wow, some actual transhuman/extropian content on this thread!
> Your response may be clinically described as sociopathic, for it
> makes no distinction between people and things.
When I earlier said that one of your responses showed either a lack of reading comprehension or dishonesty, I guessed the latter. I now see that it is both. In what possible stretch of the English language can you interpret these words as anything of the sort? Where have I ever said or even implied that I do not feel special reverence for sentient beings, or that I do not suffer from their loss? If you read my actual words as I wrote them and not the imaginary meaning your mind is putting into them, you'd see that I not only treasure humans but human feelings as well; I just refuse to base decisions on those feelings instead of reason. If you believe feelings are not just a wonderful part of being human, but also a useful guide to decision-making in their own right, well, I have no respect for that belief, and we'll have to leave it at that.
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