Douglas Hofstadter argued in much the same vein as Henry Markham, that the brain can be understand in rules-bound machine terms.
Reproduction is the most fundamental characteristic of life. We see it happen everywhere, so we may feel there is nothing “unnatural” about it.
A peculiar habit of disassociation is widespread among many who study the brain.
“If people design computer viruses, someone will design AI that improves and replicates itself. This will be a new form of life which outperforms humans,” warns Stephen Hawking.
On some subjects, the astroturf mob is particularly committed to a biased agenda.