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Friday, August 05, 2011
Another Futurologist Returns to the Planet of the Apes
Kyle Munkittrick, yet another of the White Guys of The Future over at the stealth Robot Cult outfit IEET has offered up yet another futurological blowjob to the latest Planet of the Apes remake, pretending yet again that the promotion of mainstream science fiction entertainments is the same thing as doing science policy analysis. Apart from the curious insinuation near the beginning of his piece that were the film to suggest there might be anything, you know, rash or wrong in the notion of scientists forcibly re-writing nonhuman animal cognition in the image of their own parochial preferences that he would regard this as a kind of nutty anti-transhumanoid defamation, there isn't anything particularly interesting or new in Munkittrick's little number. And so I direct interested readers to my response to White Guy of the Future George Dvorsky's piece last week at IEET explaining the White Man's Burden on the "animal uplift" issue in quite as much detail as you could ever stomach already.