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The Human Machine

When you realize that the machines that we're made of can do self-repair, can fight off infections and can do amazing calculations, it's stupendous.

ALDA: How do you feel about the idea that you keep getting closer and closer to in your work, that we're machines, that nature is a big machine? Were you ever nervous about facing that, if that's the way things are?

DENNETT: Not at all, because I think we're such wonderful machines. If you have a cheesy idea of what a machine is, if you think it's just a pop-up toaster, you know, that's not very exciting. But when you realize that the machines that we're made of, that they can do self-repair, they can fight off infections and they can do amazing calculations in the brain, it's stupendous.

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