Reply To: Podcast 65: Robot Sex, Serial Killer Photobombs THE EXORCIST, Lizard People of LA, Crowley Speaks

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Zampano
Participant

Oh man.  I actually didn’t finish listening to your discussion before I wrote my post, and now I feel there’s more I want to say. John, you said “I don’t judge groups” but you said falling in love with a robot is a mental illness, period. That sounds like judging a group.  I think you’re totally wrong to immediately call this a mental illness. The only underlying commonality of mental diseases is that they inhibit you from having a functional/happy/normal life, with “normal” of course being ill-defined and problematic. You can drink without being an alcoholic, you can diet without having an eating disorder, you can be neat without having OCD, etc. Many people are asexual; are they mentally ill? I would say no, but if someone considered reproducing to be an important part of life, then they’d say yes.

New things often feel uncomfortable or strange to people before they become commonplace; that doesn’t make them wrong. It wasn’t that long ago that homosexuality was considered a mental illness, as you declared robosexuality, John. Interracial marriage was similarly thought of as immoral not too long ago (and still, by many). What I’m trying to get at is that most mental illnesses aren’t like cancer or something; it’s largely a semantic issue (how we categorize things) that’s constantly in flux; this is why they update the DSM every generation or so.

I might come off sounding like a jerk or like I’m passionately in favor of robosexuality (I’m taking every possible opportunity to use that word; it’s fantastic), but honestly I don’t really care that much; I just like these kinds of interesting philosophical discussions.

Keep up the good work, boys.

-Zampano