2013-09-17, 01:23 AM (ISO 8601)
Bugbear in the Playground
Re: The literary merits of Alien Intelligence
If the core instinct is the one that allows us to empathize with things similar to ourself, then we can excise from it the part that makes racist thoughts and just keep the part that lets us empathize.
Originally Posted by Scow2
If we cannot use our intellect to control and shape our instincts in this manner, then we are not sentient. Period.
This is just a variation of the same scenario I was commenting on originally.
And this is also why I am using the term "if" in describing the scenario.
It boils down to this:
What RULES us? What, ultimately, determines our actions? What aspect of our psyche gets veto-power when we choose to act?
Instinct? Or thought?
A sentient being is NOT RULED BY INSTINCT. When we use the excuse "my instinct CAUSED me to act like this" what we are really saying is that we are confessing to not being sentient. Instinct does not CAUSE a sentient being to do anything. Instinct may influence a sentient being, but a sentient being can veto instinct and say "no, I will not do what my instincts are pushing me towards doing." That is what having free will means.