Sunday, February 17, 2008





Today's meme: "cognitively modified organisms." It's not actually all that new, but it packs a syllabic punch.

3 comments:

W.M. Bear said...

Isn't that the basic gimmick of the "Planet of the Apes" series? The humanlike apes originally had their intelligence ratcheted up by human beings so they could essentially serve as slaves. When the human race destroyed itself except for a few devolved survivors, the intelligent apes took over. Pret-ty plausible, if you ask me....

Mac said...

The "PoA" franchise suffers from a bunch of contradictions. In the original movie, the apes had *evolved* intelligence after humans had destroyed the planet through nuclear war. Subsequent movies are more in line with "cognitive modification," although I don't remember any explicit reference to human genetic "upgrading."

planet of the bush leagues said...

"Run, Dr. Zaius! Run! The gorilla general is behind you!" --Cornelius

Taylor-- "That's right! Run! Run like hell, you damn dirty ape!"