Anonymous asked: "Put your Q’s in my A hole." my question: penis
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Things to remember:
- When no one is validating you, you can validate yourself
- When no one is comforting you, you can comfort yourself
- When no one is kind to you, you can be kind to yourself
- When no one believes you, you can believe yourself
You can give yourself the things that you are looking for externally. You are allowed to be good to yourself.
I don’t know what asshole invented the idea that teenage girls are the cause for all evil, but I really hope that person never has to raise one. I don’t want him to see her dissolve in his fingers as society tells her to eat less, be thinner, be the damsel in distress, be something for a man to fix, be different but not too different, be special but never ever a special snowflake - I don’t want him to watch as she realizes that no matter what she loves, she’ll be made fun of for it. She can simply like her coffee from Starbucks and suddenly she’s vapid and thinks herself poetic. She’ll want to play video games but be called a fake nerd, particularly if she poses in any remotely flirtatious way because for some reason despite the entire community playing games with poorly dressed women they still hate it when a real girl wears less clothing, she will be seen as trespassing in a specifically male space - but when she falls in love with a female-based television show for children, she’ll watch as men step on themselves to sexualize it. If she wants old-fashion romance she’s seen as being naive but at the same time is told to keep herself ‘pure’ for some dude that might not hurt her. If she admits to being anything, she makes herself a target. She will be told her worth is based on how much a man values her. She might love to cook but she’ll hate being asked to stay in the kitchen, she might love to read but get told she’s too introverted by half the population and ‘not that special’ by the other. If she loves to go out and party, she’s ‘just another college co-ed,’ if she loves to spend her friday nights watching anime, she’s a shut-in. God forbid she be proud of something: the words “I’m different from other girls” are a death sentence because we live in a society that doesn’t want to see women like that, a society that doesn’t like the idea maybe we all are actually different and not carbon copies of each other, maybe we all would like to feel unique and loved and worth knowing - maybe the real problem is that she will be raised to believe being a girl means silicone and photoshop and dying as a way to move forwards a plot - and she doesn’t want to be seen as that. When she says “I’m not like other girls,” she means she’s not like the girls she sees on tv, these invented two-dimensional creatures that say one line and then get chased down by monsters.
She can try all she likes. She’ll be shut down at every single fucking turn. What she doesn’t know is that they’re getting her ready for when she’s grown up because she’ll be so used to being stepped on she’ll just give up. Why respect women when you don’t even respect little girls?
And when she is burning up, when she mentions that her insides are volcanoes and her skin is too thin to contain them: she will be told she is hysterical, that she’s doing it for attention.
I don’t want him to watch as she shuts down, as she learns to live as a paradox, I don’t want him to see her rip herself to shreds in order to be perfect, I don’t want him to realize that there’s no way she’ll get help because she’s only doing what she’s told. — Teenage girls aren’t the downfall of society, society is the downfall of teenage girls. /// r.i.d (via inkskinned)
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I always had a repulsive need to be something more than human. — David Bowie (via 13thmoon)
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So, I think the best thing to take away from the hamburger and Chinese room metaphors is that this particular type of Turing test is insufficient for establishing something we can agree to define as understanding or consciousness.
Also, I thought of what I think is a more interesting metaphor.
Let’s expand the Chinese room metaphor, except this time instead of one man in a room, it’s ten thousand people in an office building. They are divided into specialized departments, and each department has a specific role to play in deciphering the input and determining the correct output. As soon as the input is received, it is divided amongst the input department, and the relevant information (occurrences of character X, Y, and Z in the beginning, middle and end of the input, for instance,) is passed on to the next department, and so on until the correct output is given. Let’s say the input comes in the form of a pattern of shapes whose meaning is known only to the researchers outside, just to eliminate the possibility that anybody inside the building happens to speak the researchers language, and that the researchers are, in fact, aliens relaying the story of their discovery of the latent energy in the nanodimensions hypothesized by String theory to also establish that none of the subjects have any context for understanding the story even if they did speak the language.
Now, this system does appear to understand the researchers’ story and can infer information based on the input. To restate: the system can give additional information about the original story that was not originally stated to the system based on the context of the information that was given.
The reason I think this is a good metaphor is that it more closely resembles how the human brain works, and Searle seems to be making the claim that human brains are capable of understanding. However, no one part of the brain understands the hamburger story. Understanding emerges from the interaction of many of the brain’s parts.
Humans are multi-cellular organisms that evolved from single-celled organisms who began working together as if they were a single unit. I feel that to define understanding as being human-like understanding limits the idea to animal life forms at best or to humans only at worse. With this definition, we will likely never attribute understanding to a non-animal or non-human entity.
So, on the one hand, Searle is correct that the machine from the hamburger story doesn’t understand (due to lack of context, which can be programmed in, just as human brains are programmed to have context for hamburgers and paying by experiencing hamburgers and paying.) On the other hand, I feel that there is more to understanding and consciousness than just behaving exactly as a human or animal brain behaves.
My final point is that other minds, be they machine, alien, or human, are black boxes to other minds. The only way to determine what occurs inside of them is to observe input and output and then make inferences based on that information.
My other final point is that I am still pretty sure consciousness itself is an illusion, but it is important to define a threshold for “intelligent being” if we are ever going to become more than what we are (human, or as Warren Ellis puts it: ghosts nailed to pigmeat.)
So @garyface linked me to this paper from 1980 about how a machine that can answer questions about a story doesn’t understand the story the same way a person who hears that story does.