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jpgray Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-14-05 01:01 PM
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52. I can't tell if this semantic fog of yours has a purpose
Edited on Mon Mar-14-05 01:05 PM by jpgray
My posts are written in plain English. Anyway, I'll act as though your ignorance of their meaning is genuine:

1. We do not fully understand the human brain. We do not even marginally understand it. The results of physical damage to it are not all predictable to us, and the results of mental or emotional damage to it are not at all predictable to us.

2. It is not a good idea to radically change something we do not fully understand. It is not a good idea to make radical physical or mental/emotional alterations when we have only the thinnest idea of how such things affect the brain.

That's the entirety of my argument. The analogue of the natural world makes perfect sense--here is another instance where what seems to us to be only slight trauma can have far-reaching ramifications no one is able to predict, and even after the fact some of the damage is still wholly inepxlicable to our top experts. That's what happens when one makes radical changes to an extremely complex system one doesn't understand. What you're talking about with Hawking is rather superficial--it is much nearer a level where we understand the risks and benefits fairly well. All I've been arguing is that there is another level that we simply shouldn't go blundering into. Again, are you arguing that this is not the case?
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