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                        Technology and Human Responsibility
    Issue #119     A Publication of The Nature Institute        March 27, 2001
                Editor:  Stephen L. Talbott (stevet@netfuture.org)
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    Editor's Note
    Quotes and Provocations
       The Reality of Appearances
       Brief Notes from All Over
       Diagnosing Lady Hamilton's Portrait
       Nurses Surfing the Web
    About this newsletter
                                  EDITOR'S NOTE
    If you've wondered about The Nature Institute, publisher of NetFuture, you
    can now find out about us by going to www.natureinstitute.org.  There are
    many articles and papers there that have never appeared in NetFuture.
    Among the pieces of my own that may interest you, I'd like to mention
    ** "Are Animals Robots?"  I argue that it is far easier to represent
       aspects of the human being in a computer program than it is to
       represent a beetle -- this despite all the talk about programs
       achieving the level of sophistication of insects or other animals.
    ** "Toward a Final Theory of the Sloth".  This is a response to a reader's
       objection to Craig Holdrege's article about the sloth in NetFuture #97.
       What does it mean to understand an organism scientifically?
    ** "The Straitening of Science".  Do physical objects, by nature, really
       move in straight lines unless subjected to outside forces?
    By the way, if you were interested in that original article on the sloth,
    you may want to look at other studies in "whole-organism biology" by
    Craig.  Go to http://natureinstitute.org/subj/nature/index.htm.
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                             QUOTES AND PROVOCATIONS
    The Reality of Appearances
    Two vicious crimes by teenagers have recently made the news.  Elkech Leon,
    who has acknowledged beating and raping a sixteen-year-old girl in Queens,
    New York, in 1999, has now pleaded guilty.  He had told law enforcement
    officials after the assault:  "It was all so real.  I wanted to feel how
    it felt to be a rapist".
    Lionel Tate, a fourteen-year-old Floridian, has been sentenced to life i