Not having what you want won’t make you saintly. If you’re damned if you do, and damned if you don’t, you might as well go ahead.
On the subject of (for lack of a better term) “idols”. Images of gods and spirits. Those cultures that don’t use them mistake them for literal identification, all the while using images themselves to feel connected to their “saints”.
In Native culture, the images were seen to be homes for the spirits, but so was the human body. They didn’t place a lot of importance on any image.
The art involved in the Lono image is very abstract. It’s mathematical even. There are math people trying to understand the codes. He has robotic qualities too for he is known to do for us. We even without deliberate intention produce images like this to represent robots. Have you seen either of the new Transformers movies? Very angular features, but still animated. They give the sense of living spirit in a mechanical format.
Might be the schematics for a robot sitting in Lono for all we know. And if respected, if computer science comes to incorporate the ways of the spirit, then robots will only enhance life and preserve the world balance. In the voodoo tradition, humans volunteer to be agents of the loa.
We create what in metaphysical circles is sometimes called an “imago” or a “ghost” of the thing we seek to copy the functions of.
Blueprint? Yes. How would the imitative data in a robots programming differ from the physical forces in a living things brain? I guess circuits are circuits? Probably in quantity and complexity compared to human.
Can we program a robot to learn, or not learn? It’s the basic purpose behind any of our artificial intelligence (AI) applications. That’s really all AI is, a program that can acquire and use data. If you buy a roomba it will “learn” the floor plan of your home, and it can adapt to changes or evolve. The programming allows for corrective editing. It changes when it discovers error.
Maybe this is why the more my Dad curses his computer the more slow and un-cooperative it gets. There actually have been studies of the impact of a persons nervous system on a computer when they are angry, and this was a study of “normal” people. They did detect a tendency for that state to distort or even corrupt computer function.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.