thinking is dangerous

The Shakespeare Test

One of the more absurd variations of the Turing Test I've seen:

From the NYT: Beyond Human

In his recent book, "Radical Evolution," Joel Garreau suggests a "Shakespeare test" to determine whether Prozac or cloning or full-immersion virtual reality robs us of our humanity: would the user of these innovations be recognizable to Shakespeare? Houellebecq suggests that the answer is tipping toward No. "Nothing was left now," Daniel25 notes, "of those literary and artistic works that humanity had been so proud of; the themes that gave rise to them had lost all relevance, their emotional power had evaporated."

Discussion questions:

1) Shakespeare? Seriously?
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