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Keith W Henline

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Are human beings a virus?

Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You're a plague and we (computers) are the cure.
Points established:
1) Humans are in fact mammals!
Points in question:
1) Humans are different from all other mammals?
I would say "NO", 65 million years ago monkeys were bashing other monkeys heads in for sport just as humans and monkeys still do! What's changed?
So, are human beings a virus?
Again I would say "NO" but we sure act like a virus with most of the same characteristics and with the same result(destruction of the host).

Thank you all for participating and as usual I will give any of you the last word. There are still two days left to add anything you want to the summation and conclusions I have drawn above. Love the dark...Keith

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Points established:
1) Humans are in fact mammals!
Points in question:
1) Humans are different from all other mammals?
I would say "NO", 65 million years ago monkeys were bashing other monkeys heads in for sport just as humans and monkeys still do! What's changed?
So, are human beings a virus?
Again I would say "NO" but we sure act like a virus with most of the same characteristics and with the same result(destruction of the host).

I believe we can do better, it will be up to our next generation and so far they are not disappointing. I love their independent, self-confident, nature. Just what is needed! Go get em kids

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    Dec 19 2013: I think humans are mammals with an organ developed to an extent that is taking it out side of the bounds and obligations of the natural order (hinted by the biological classification: mammal). That organ is called the brain. Having too much of it can strangely resemble the condition of having none of it at all (virus).
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      Dec 19 2013: "Having too much of it can strangely resemble the condition of having none of it at all (virus)"

      Great point.

      Do you think our obligations of the natural order would be best served by a level of intelligence that is also cognizant of instinct?

      Is it our intelligence that is the virus, or is it our instincts?
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        Dec 19 2013: Yes. Giving instincts a better hand in thinking and intelligence a better hand while acting.
        For your last question Allan, I see a new topic of discussion coming. Plus its only about 3 hours of this discussion left. :)

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