I like to ask my girls – twins who will be eight in two weeks – funny questions that are usually unanswerable. Unanswerable to me, anyway. They have an answer for just about everything. So I asked one of the girls how she knows she’s not a robot. After all, I use the brain-in-a-vat argument all the time. She was nonplussed, though, and instantly said that she has blood in her body and love in her heart. “No robot has blood and love. Who doesn’t know that?” There ya go. And that was the end of that.
For an interesting recap of what it means to be a child read Seth Godin’s blog for today. Always good. On Being Treated Like An Adult