Compare 09/27/2013

Tom's picture

If moral behavior were simply following rules, we could program a computer to be moral.
  -Samuel P. Ginder, US navy captain

P.2079 - §6 (195:7.11)  If the universe were only material and man only a machine, there would be no science to embolden the scientist to postulate this mechanization of the universe. Machines cannot measure, classify, nor evaluate themselves. Such a scientific piece of work could be executed only by some entity of supermachine status.
    If universe reality is only one vast machine, then man must be outside of the universe and apart from it in order to recognize such a fact and become conscious of the insight of such an evaluation.
    If man is only a machine, by what technique does this man come to believe or claim to know that he is only a machine? The experience of self-conscious evaluation of one's self is never an attribute of a mere machine. A self-conscious and avowed mechanist is the best possible answer to mechanism. If materialism were a fact, there could be no self-conscious mechanist. It is also true that one must first be a moral person before one can perform immoral acts.
    The very claim of materialism implies a supermaterial consciousness of the mind which presumes to assert such dogmas. A mechanism might deteriorate, but it could never progress. Machines do not think, create, dream, aspire, idealize, hunger for truth, or thirst for righteousness. They do not motivate their lives with the passion to serve other machines and to choose as their goal of eternal progression the sublime task of finding God and striving to be like him. Machines are never intellectual, emotional, aesthetic, ethical, moral, or spiritual.

"Cy" Ginder was an early Navy aviator who participated in the International and Schneider Cup air races in 1925. He commanded Enterprise in mid-1943 before being promoted to command of a carrier task group, Task Group 58.4, during the Marshalls campaign. However, in March 1944, Ginder's chief of staff was killed in an air accident. Ginder, who till then was considered a first-rate officer, suffered a mental breakdown as a result, remaining in his cabin and showing interest only in editing the ship's newspaper. Mitscher was forced to replace him with "Jocko" Clark in April 1944.