May 17th, 2013, 12:00 pm

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panel 3: the second verse is the afrikaans version of the first
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Reply Wolfie_Inu, May 9th, 2013, 4:06 pm


Jane: Where to now? The so-called chapel? That must be an euphemism for something else, then ...
Alex: No, it's ... it's just a normal everyday chapel ... why?

Jane: What would an Om-Ankh want with a chapel? What next? Is your general supposedly interceding in prayer for the ... "souls" of your dead?
?: No ...

?: What I want is the return of the living ...

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Reply GabrielsThoughts, May 17th, 2013, 7:22 pm

"Now grab a shovel and start digging."

Speaking of digging, I managed to uncover a hundred year old copy of the Apocrypha for a dollar the other day at a warehouse store like 'Goat Feathers.'

Reply Wolfie_Inu, May 18th, 2013, 12:14 am

@GabrielsThoughts: Grab a shovel and start digging for people who aren't dead yet? :)

Reply Lavabat, May 18th, 2013, 1:57 am

@Wolfie_Inu: Jane does not believe that the Om-Ankh have souls. Interesting.

I can also see that happening in reality if alien lifeforms are ever discovered. "They don't have souls! And they must have been one of God's side projects." :3

Reply Wolfie_Inu, May 18th, 2013, 7:10 am

@Lavabat: Exactly, and we're the aliens as far as she's concerned. :)

I also alluded to related themes (can you ever know how, or even whether, another species truly "thinks") on page #95. But I think my point was missed somewhat at the time.

This all applies at an individual level too, of course (you can't really know, maybe you're the only thinking person in a world of convincing zombies) but it's at least reasonable to extrapolate sapience to other members of your own species. Members of other species, though, or AIs ... well that's a different story. Even if they behave the same, their internal reasoning might be completely alien. You can write a convincing program that passes the Turing test, but does it really think, or is it just convincingly following its script? Even if it's just convincingly faking being sapient, is there a significant difference between what it does and "true" thought, or is there even such a thing as "true" thought in the first place? And so on, and so forth.

This problem is especially relevant for Jane, since she knows that Om-Ankh are programmable...

Reply Lavabat, May 18th, 2013, 8:01 am

@Wolfie_Inu: The Om-Ankh are programmable, but it is interesting to note that some of the Om-Ankh are in Khanite bodies. So does that mean that the Khanite are programmable? Oh the implications! Also, a lot of the previous pages in your comic are not loading...

Reply Wolfie_Inu, May 18th, 2013, 8:33 am

@Lavabat: I noticed that too, I needed to force-refresh a few of them.

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