By Using Floor Buttons, Can Dogs Talk?

abstractions, animal behavior, Bunny (dog), Carl Sagan, chimpanzees, confirmation bias, crows, Dogs, emotions, floor buttons, gibberish, humans, language, Life Sciences, marine biologists, Neuroscience & Mind, puppies, Sarah Sloat, Scientific American, sheepadoodle, Stephanie Pappas, Thomas Fudge, TikTok, Washington State, wolves
The latest fad in the “Talk to the animals” arena appears to be a classic in confirmation bias. Source
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All We Need to Do to Give a Robot a Soul Is… (Error 404)

autonomous weapons, Buying God, Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions, China, consciousness, David J. Gunkel, emotions, Eve Poole, hard problem of consciousness, human beings, ineffability, Intelligent Design, junk code, Leadersmithing, machines, Neuroscience & Mind, Northern Illinois University, personhood, Robot Souls, robots, Russia, Ryota Kanai, sixth sense, soul, Taylor & Francis, TechXplore, The Economist
In reality, programmers don’t leave souls out of robots because they don’t find them useful; they simply and obviously have no idea how to insert them. Source
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Five Reasons Why AI Programs Are Not “Human”

adrenaline, algorithms, Artificial Intelligence, Blake Lemoine, Boundaries of Humanity Project, computer science, Culture & Ethics, DNA, emotions, engineers, Feelings, free will, Google, human cells, imagination, Isaac Asimov, LaMDA, Language Model for Dialogue Applications, life, Love, machines, materialists, Neuroscience & Mind, René Descartes, self-awareness, sentience, software, soul, Stanford University, Three Laws of Robotics, toaster, Washington Post, William Hurlbut
A Google engineer, Blake Lemoine, mistakenly designated one AI program "sentient." Source
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Doctor’s Diary: Fear Is a Gift from Our Designer

compassion, coronavirus, courage, emotions, fear, Gavin de Becker, Intelligent Design, joy, Love, murder hornets, pain, pandemic, parking structure, patients, physicians, sweat, The Gift of Fear, yellow jackets
Editor’s note: Dr. Simmons is the author most recently of Are We Here to Re-Create Ourselves? He is a Fellow with Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. As a physician, I have cared for many patients who were fearful. Often with good reason, but not always. Might fear actually be a purposeful design? Might it be present to protect a person? One might liken fear to pain, which is a similar gift. How would we have survived as a species if running bare-footed across sharp rocks or being stung by an irritated hive of yellow jackets (or murder hornets!) didn’t hurt? Without pain how would a child learn not to touch a hot stove? Or, pull away immediately to lessen the damage? In 1997, Gavin de Becker authored The Gift of…
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