Yeah, I know I’ve been rubbish at posting. Well I’m just going through a massive thesis writing week – I’ve somehow managed to write about 13,000 words in 4 days. Part of this is down to a new regime of writing location, I’ve moved from my desktop computer to… a laptop at the top of stairs. I don’t know how these things work, but it’s working.
Anyway here’s Turing again in his famous 1950 article:
“We like to believe that Man is in some subtle way superior to the rest of creation. It is best if he can be shown to be necessarily superior, for then there is no danger of him losing his commanding position. The popularity of the theological argument is clearly connected with this feeling. It is likely to be quite strong in intellectual people, since they value the power of thinking more highly than others, and are more inclined to base their belief in the superiority of Man on this power.” (Copeland 2004: 450)
You can probably tell where I’m heading with this. Anyway more soon.