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Old 05-22-2019, 12:15 PM
begbert2 is offline
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Originally Posted by eschereal View Post
Hell, my HP33C might have had some rudimentary form of self-awareness that was not very similar to mine or to the earthworm's but nonetheless present. Perhaps we ought to be more circumspect when throwing away that old cell phone because it could have had a soul, of sorts.
Every computer with an operating system has at least some form of "self-awareness" in at least the most basic, literal sense of the term. The whole point of an operating system is to keep track of and manage what the computer itself is doing.

The reason we throw away phones isn't because they're not self-aware - it's because we don't care whether or not they are because they're not human. It's the same reason we're okay with eating beef.

Last edited by begbert2; 05-22-2019 at 12:16 PM. Reason: I make so many typos I probably have no mind