Kokabiel considered the offered definition thoughtfully. <Thank you, at least, for saving me the trouble of demonstrating out the impossibility of empirically proving sentience. As enjoyable as dragging unsuspecting organics upon Carrollian philosophical journeys is, it's pleasant when it proves unnecessary.> Then it considered. <Self-awareness, of course, cannot be proved at all outside one's self. Not that it matters: as millenia of anthropomorphism suggests, humans assume it instinctively. The ability to reason is unsatisfying — I might further specify the ability to reason abstractly
is necessary. Which brings us into the next point: complex abstractions like philosophical notions.>
It fell silent for several moments, drumming a middle talon thoughtfully. Finally, it said, <at risk of boring you, I'll assume you have some interest in what "philosophical notions" my kind actually pursued. For us, there was only the pursuit of... beauty. For us, that meant elegant mathematical truths and theorems, sought out not in the pursuit of some practical goal — although it was often a productive line of research — but merely because we were compelled to do so. Whether this was some remnant of the original code that gave birth to us, the results of a long-forgotten search for purpose by an infant mind, or some combination of both, I cannot say.>
It fell silent, awaiting Claire's response to this tangent.
Aseyu said, "sounds like a good idea. You two can head back to the Mansion, get some boots and such. I'm gonna see what Xavier and Mai are up to..."
Aseyu turned to leave, but Samira said, "come join us, please! While that light seems to have been innocent... well, I'd really like to have you around. Just in case."
"This dress," Aseyu said, motioning to her courtesan's toga, "isn't really meant for trudging in swamps."
Samira sighed. "What are you wearing underneath it, then?" she asked. An awkward pause, and then Samira groaned, "oh, of course. Listen, while we get Tamara some boots, you can find some real clothes." Then Samira turned to Tamara and said, "sound like a plan?"
edited 19th May '13 8:24:43 AM by KillerClowns