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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Can Cylons be tortured?

I say no.

There is one theory that Cylons are machines. This is what the characters on the TV show say. And machines can’t be tortured, it just doesn’t apply. Smashing your computer with a sledge hammer is not torture.

Of course, we know that the Cylons are not really machines. We presume that they are genetically engineered biological life forms created by the original Cylons who were machines. As far as I can tell, they were genetically engineered for the purpose of destroying humans. (An interesting tangential issue is why can’t the characters from the TV show perceive it the way I just explained it?)

I say the fact that they were genetically engineered to destroy humanity removes any “rights