Sunday, July 3, 2022
Contact    |    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon  
You are viewing: Home > Columns > Ken Korczak > Column article
Welcome Guest ( Login or Register )  
Ken Korczak

Are automobiles living beings ?

May 20, 2006 | Comment icon 67 comments


Image Credit:
Some of the world’s top scientists say automobiles should be classified as living beings -- and that they also have “minds” and possibly even “souls." In his terrific book, “The Physics of Immortality,” Tulane University physics professor Dr. Frank Tipler says cars must be considered living entities because:“Cars self-reproduce ... granted, their reproduction is not autonomous; they need a factory to external to themselves. But so do male humans; to make a male baby, an external biochemical factory called a “womb” is needed, Granted, their reproduction requires another living species. But so does the reproduction of flowering plants ... The form of automobiles in their environment is preserved by natural selection; there is a fierce struggle for existence between various “races” of automobiles. Japanese and European automobiles are competing with native American automobiles for scare resources -- money and manufacturing ..”Agreeing with Tipler is evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins of Oxford University. He says that cars are not only alive, but are “living beings with minds and souls.”
Dawkins says cars are alive because they contain a great deal of information, and they can self-reproduce in the sense that there are human mechanics who can make a copy of the automobile. These mechanics are to automobiles what a living cell’s biochemical machinery is to a virus.I have the agree with Tipler and Dawkins. When I was in college, I paid $300 for an old midnight blue ‘66 Chevy pick-up that I came to love, and also started thinking of as a living being. I named my truck Pulchritude, which means “beautiful.” I not only sensed that Pulchritude was “alive” in the biological sense, but that she had a kind of consciousness, and was also fond of me in return.Pulchritude and I spent our crazy college days together, driving to school and back, going to parties, and just cruising around. On those occasions when I made the 500-mile trip to visit my mom back home, Pulchritude and I often took our time, taking the back roads, looking for adventure, stopping at parks or wayside rests -- sometimes we would just together and meditate, or watch the sun go down over a sparkling Minnesota lake.Pulchritude stayed with me for about five years after I graduated from college -- and then one day, tragedy struck.

As we were driving together down a remote dirt road in northern Minnesota, Pulchritude's engine suddenly blew up. Like a human being who unexpectedly has a massive heart attack, Pulchritude was dead.I got out of the driver’s seat, popped the hood and saw the steaming mass of machinery -- it was all seized up, her six cylinders scored and frozen in place, the engine block cracked. I think I was in shock for more than an hour. When I finally came to accept what had happened, I wept.The next day I solemnly towed Pulchritude home. I called up my neighbor, Bucky, who is a real gear-head, and whom I knew was currently restoring his own ‘66 Chevy pick-up. I told him that I wanted to donate the organs of my dear Pulchritude so that another could live. Bucky was ecstatic because he needed a water pump, and also wanted to harvest Pulchritude's transmission.It was difficult, but the knowing that some parts of Pulchritude would live on in another vechile -- and my conviction that Pulchritude's soul was now in heaven, traveling the endless dusty roads of eternity -- I was at peace. And someday, I know that I will join Pulchritude on those vast highways and byways of Elysium, riding together, driving free. I also have the comfort of knowing that, whatever the after life brings -- I will always have a ride.



Ken Korczak is the author of Minnesota Paranormala:
http://www.amazon.com/Minnesota-Paranormala-Volume-1-ebook/dp/B004Y5G114/

Comments (67)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #58 Posted by RamboIII 16 years ago
this is plain ridiculous
Comment icon #59 Posted by smallpackage 16 years ago
I have to admit it is as if cars are alive, they all have a feeling to them, a sort of conciousness. but we create them out of metal and microchips ect. Is this to say that computers are alive to? If that were the case, My calculator, cellphone, headphones, and my clock would be considered a living species. People need to realize that they are tools we created to make life easier. Although our tools have advanced from rolling logs and stone-age wheels to advanced transportation, They're tools, not a species of their own.
Comment icon #60 Posted by Azalin 16 years ago
If that were the case, My calculator, cellphone, headphones, and my clock would be considered a living species. People need to realize that they are tools we created to make life easier. Although our tools have advanced from rolling logs and stone-age wheels to advanced transportation, They're tools, not a species of their own. Agreed. The main thing that seperates man from machinery is emotion. You can make a robot, but it will never get sad, or happy. It simply is made to run the mathematical solutions it was created with. There is no mathematical solution to create happiness. A robot will n... [More]
Comment icon #61 Posted by IronGhost 16 years ago
Agreed. The main thing that seperates man from machinery is emotion. You can make a robot, but it will never get sad, or happy. It simply is made to run the mathematical solutions it was created with. There is no mathematical solution to create happiness. A robot will never complain about his job being to hard and take it's own life. But this will change as computer continue to "evolve.' especially in terms of artificial intelligence. As computers get smarter and faster, they will eventually achieve self-reflective consciousness -- it may happen in less than 100 years. Put one of those compute... [More]
Comment icon #62 Posted by Boltwave 16 years ago
erm.... the human brain also collects data, the brain is like a biological computer. and AI would also be able to express/and understand emotions when they need to - just like humans. ....and thats all it is to it. The human brain is much more complex and functional than any type of computer, and that's a fact.
Comment icon #63 Posted by pbarosso 16 years ago
retarded, simply retarded
Comment icon #64 Posted by nohands 16 years ago
hey sir ken, im new here im nohands i was amazed about your tool in mind the mantras i was reading that also on my last researching I would like to ask about how did you do it did make it like thiscooooooowwww......eaaaaaaaaattttt....graasssssss.. hehe just asking coz mine has no effect (ahhhhh)...... YAhhh cars,,,etc all are living things hehehe like your "killng machine"...hehe I would like to read more about your columns hehehe TY
Comment icon #65 Posted by Jopaan 16 years ago
uh...
Comment icon #66 Posted by Symbol 16 years ago
This is retarded, and HOLY CRAP nohands you are a thread necromancer. What have you done, now this undead zombified thread shall stalk the main front page news forum, searching for innocent souls to devour. Oh sweet Jesus what have you done...
Comment icon #67 Posted by jonfr 16 years ago
The, really, really, really simple answer is this. To the first post. No!


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


 Total Posts: 7,288,184    Topics: 299,821    Members: 197,578

 Not a member yet ? Click here to join - registration is free and only takes a moment!
Recent news and articles