Yet another round of intriguing questions posed by the indomitable Rory (aka A Guy Called Bloke). So let’s see how intriguing my answers can be. Or if not intriguing, at least funny, right?
What would make us more non disposable humans?
“Non disposable humans”? Is that a convoluted way asking, “What would make humans less disposable?” I don’t think humans are disposable per se. But I do think that we are very vulnerable to near extinction because of a failure to accept that climate change has the potential to make our planet uninhabitable for human life. So perhaps the question should be, “What would make humans less vulnerable to extinction as a species?” And my answer to that question is that politicians and leaders around the world need to heed the almost irrefutable science that climate change is real and we have a limited time to take the necessary steps to reverse the course of climate change. If we don’t, then cockroaches, rodents, and robots will take over the world.
How much is a human being worth?
I remember reading sometime a while back that scientists had estimated that the chemicals in a human body are worth about $160. But I don’t think this question is about the value of s human’s chemical components. As to the intrinsic value of a human life, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency set the value of a life at $9.1 million in 2010. The Food and Drug Administration came up with a value of $7.9 million, and the Transportation Department said it was around $6 million. So given that, I’ve decided to auction my life to the highest bidder. Bidding opens at $160.
Do you enjoy being human or would your prefer to be more digital or robotic?
Never having existed as anything other than a human being, I have no basis for determining if I’d prefer being a digital or robotic being. Can I get a 30-day free trial and then let you know if I prefer being a sentient, human life form, a digital life form, or a robotic life form? My feeling is that, despite the fact that humans break, leak, malfunction frequently, need to eat, drink, sleep, be social, and eventually die, I would still prefer to be human.
When was the last time a book made you 1] laugh, 2] cry, 3] get through a difficult time in your life, 4] really think about you and your life, and finally, is there a book that you enjoy that you recommend to others frequently for them to read?
Some of you might think my answer to this question is a cop-out, but I’ve been told that I have rather unique and somewhat eclectic tastes in the books I choose to read. Thus, those that made me laugh, cry, helped me get through rough patches, or caused me to think about my life would likely not resonate with too many other readers.
And as to recommending a book for others to read, I rarely do that because I wouldn’t want people to think that a book I recommended to them really sucked. That said, and for what it’s worth, I am currently reading fellow blogger Iain Kelly’s book, “A Justified State,” which I started a few days ago, and which I really like so far.