Fun with anthropomorphization

Another student, me, and Bossman discussing some cool data:

Another student: Thats so crazy! How could HIV do that??
Me: LOL! Its sentient.
Another student: LOL! Its a conscious being with self awareness!
Me: LOL! It can recognize itself in a mirror!
Another student: LOL! It has critical thinking capabilities!
Me: LOL! It can beat Deep Blue at chess!
Bossman: Stop it.


  1. #1 R2
    March 10, 2011

    I, for one, welcome our new viral overlords.

  2. #2 Greg Laden
    March 10, 2011

    When it gets a blog, I’ll start to worry.

  3. #3 OtherKevin
    March 10, 2011

    I always thought it had a collective conscience across the global quasispecies…sort of like the Borg.


  4. #4 Jason
    March 10, 2011

    But R2, it’s much much older than we are… “new” viral overlords?

  5. #5 ERV
    March 10, 2011

    *points up to banner*


    *mind blown*

  6. #6 qetzal
    March 10, 2011

    @ #2:

    You mean like a blog authored by “ERV?”

  7. #7 Poodle Stomper
    March 10, 2011

    Awesome! Congrats on the cool data. I just got some myself. Correlation = Causation thus our results must be somehow linked by magic vibrations.

  8. #8 Birger Johansson
    March 11, 2011

    Do you think it is a descendant of the intelligent virus in “Red Dwarf” that infected one of the crew? As I recall, that virus was a very cool cat… much smarter than the ship’s computer, HOLLY 900.

    And Greg Bear had the introns turning out to be the genetic correlate to intelligent micro-entities creating their own civilzations inside the body in the novel “Blood Music”.

  9. #9 Lou FCD
    March 11, 2011

    *waves at bossman*

  10. #10 Kausik Datta
    March 12, 2011

    Typical. Little does the Bossman know…

  11. #11 Logan
    March 13, 2011

    Virus, wringing its hands in anticipation, a la Darth Sidious. “Soon, soon.” it plots.

  12. #12 Max
    March 13, 2011

    Obviously Bossman is part of the vast global conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of academia. The truth (no matter how loony) is out there!

  13. #13 SimonG
    March 18, 2011

    For ged’s sake don’t tell the bunny-huggers or they’ll be wanting equal rights for retro-viruses.

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