Sunday, September 04, 2011

I Don't Want To Be Human

Here is a video of supersonic streams of hot gas coming out of young stars, as observed by Hubble:



And here is the video of NASA's Cassini probe approaching Saturn:



These terrific videos remind me of the memorable passage in Battlestar Galactica, where the most intellectual of the different Cylons - robots in form of humans- resents his creators for giving him a human body and human soul:

Ellen: The five of us designed you to be as human as possible.
John: I DON'T WANT TO BE HUMAN! I want to see gamma rays! I want to hear X-rays, and I -- I want to -- I want to smell dark matter! Do you see the absurdity of what I am? I can't even express these things properly because I have to -- I have to conceptualize complex ideas in this stupid, limiting spoken language! But I know I want to reach out with something other than these prehensile paws, and feel the solar wind of a supernova flowing over me! I'm a machine, and I could know much more, I could experience so much more, BUT I'M TRAPPED IN THIS ABSURD BODY! AND WHY? Because my five creators thought that Godwanted it that way!
By the way, I guess I wouldn't be mistaken, if I read the conceptualization of ideas in spoken language part as a nod to Wittgenstein. Damn, that series was so good!

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