|Comments on Monday 14 June 2004:|
|Time to construct your own super-human. I have a series of questions.|
1. If you could add one person's knowledge to your own, whose would it be? Note, knowledge doesn't necessarily include skills, but may contribute to them - if someone knows a martial art, for example, and you add that to your knowledge, you probably wouldn't be very good at it but you would be able to get good at it without a teacher. A language, on the other hand, is almost all knowledge. If the knowledge is to be substituted rather than added (you lose all your own knowledge), is your answer different?
2. If you could add one person's aptitudes to your own, whose would it be? Similarly, an aptitude doesn't contain knowledge but may require it to be useful - but the knowledge involved in some tasks is very small and simple to learn compared to the required aptitude. Programming, for example. This would also encompass the strength and muscle-memory of a martial artist. If the aptitudes are to be substituted rather than added, is your answer different?
3. If you could have one person's appearance, whose would it be? This doesn't encompass things that you might expect it to, ie. your lifespan isn't shortened if you choose someone old, your gender isn't changed if you choose someone not of your gender, and you don't become strong if you choose someone muscular. It's appearance-only.
If your answers for any of the questions are "I wouldn't", also answer the same questions but with "if you had to" in place of "if you could". If your answers for any of the questions are famous people, also answer the same questions with the additional caveat that it must be someone you know.
4. If you were making all of the changes rather than just one (as substitutions not additions), does it change your answer? [10:45]
|1. I would take the knowledge of Economy from Allen Greenspan. As to all his substituted for all mine, no thank you.|
2. If I had to take one person's aptitude, I would take someone who is really good at listening and hearing - especially multiple languages.
3. Johnny Depp or Ville Valo.