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.

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I, for one, welcome our new viral overlords.

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


By OtherKevin (not verified) on 10 Mar 2011 #permalink

But R2, it's much much older than we are... "new" viral overlords?

@ #2:

You mean like a blog authored by "ERV?"

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

By Poodle Stomper (not verified) on 10 Mar 2011 #permalink

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".

By Birger Johansson (not verified) on 11 Mar 2011 #permalink

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

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!

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