Again, posthumans will probably not instigate violence against humans. If armed conflict breaks out at all (that's a big "if"), I would imagine humans would be more likely to have started it.
Oh I see, it's a big "if". You see I was confused, cuz earlier in the thread you made it sound like it was more than just an "if" that there would be armed conflict when you said things like:
Well ... I can see some ways that accelerating developments in technology could threaten ordinary humans. Out of all the possibilities discussed by people like Hugo de Garis and Nick Bostrom, two come to mind most strongly
- Posthumans exist in small enough numbers to feel a potential threat from humans, yet large enough to threaten humans. Armed conflict could break out.
- Posthumans go all Robespierre on humans and just wipe them out in disgust.
The first, I think is more likely than the second, but both can be preempted very easily if everyone is on the same boat.
And, remember, a huge rift between posthumans and regular humans could lead to conflict between the two sides. That's a very strong reason to elect for brain modification in itself.
You see, this doesn't sound like you're making a friendly suggestion, but rather like you're trying to scare people into get their brains changed. But if I mistook you you can always blame it on my flawed brain.
Why is it so upsetting?
Why is what so upsetting, the idea that someone might tell me that I have to get my brain modified or the idea that this might lead to war? Do I really need to answer such questions?:perplexed:
Do you disagree with neural modification to cure ailments?
If, and only if, the patient consents to the surgery, or in the case of those patients lacking the mental faculty to legally make such decisions, only if whomever is their legal guardian/next of kin consents.
Im actually against all forms of oaths, no one can foresee how things will turn out.
Well that's a statement I can wholly agree with.
Actually, you started that bit of the discussion =)
Before making such accusations perhaps you should reread the thread.
I think it goes like this: Will is something that can be changed, so if your only reason is will, people hope that if they keep pestering you your will is change =)
Pestering someone is one thing; thinly veiled threats of annihilation that are passed off later as unlikely theoretical possibilities is something else.