„The basic question, then is: What has made the animal, man, degenerate into a machine?“
Section 3 : Work Democracy versus Politics. The Natural Social Forces for the Mastery of the Emotional Plague
The Mass Psychology of Fascism (1933), Ch. 10 : Work Democracy
Contexto: MAN IS FUNDAMENTALLY AN ANIMAL. Animals, as distinct from man, are not machine-like, not sadistic; their societies, within the same species, are incomparably more peaceful than those of man. The basic question, then is: What has made the animal, man, degenerate into a machine?
When I say "animal," I do not mean anything bad, cruel or "base"; I am stating a biological fact. Man has developed the peculiar concept that he is not an animal at all, but, well — man; a creature which long since has shed that which is "bad," which is "animal." He demarcates himself in all possible ways from the bad animal and points, in proof of his "being better," to culture and civilization which distinguish him from the animal. He shows, in his whole behavior, his "theories of values," his moral philosophies, his "monkey trials" and such, that he does not want to be reminded of the fact that basically he is an animal, an animal, furthermore, which has much more in common with the "animal" than with that being which he asserts to be and dreams of being. The theory of the German Übermensch has this origin. Man shows by his maliciousness, his inability to live in peace with his kind, his wars, that what distinguishes him from the other animals is only his unbounded sadism and the mechanical trinity of the authoritarian concept of life, mechanistic science and the machine. If one looks at the results of civilization as they present themselves over long periods of time, one finds that these contentions of man are not only erroneous; more than that, they seem to be made expressly for the purpose of making man forget that he is an animal.
„Good food, good sex, good digestion, good sleep: to these basic animal pleasures, man has added nothing but the good cigarette.“
— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified
„To call a man an animal is to flatter him; he's a machine, a walking dildo. It's often said that men use women. Use them for what? Surely not pleasure.“
— Valerie Solanas American radical feminist and writer. Attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol. 1936 - 1988
Fonte: SCUM MANIFESTO (1967), p. 
— Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
„The real question is not whether machines think but whether men do. The mystery which surrounds a thinking machine already surrounds a thinking man.“
— B.F. Skinner American behaviorist 1904 - 1990
Contingencies of Reinforcement: A Theoretical Analysis (1969).
Fonte: Contingencies Of Reinforcement: A Theoretical Analysis
„Animals are not machines; one of my main concerns is to combat this notion. Actually only machines are machines.“
— Mary Midgley British philosopher and ethicist 1919 - 2018
Introduction, Beast and Man: The Roots of Human Nature (1979).
Contexto: Consideration of motives brings up the matter of free will. I had better say once, that my project of taking animal comparisons seriously does not involve a slick mechanistic or deterministic view of freedom. Animals are not machines; one of my main concerns is to combat this notion. Actually only machines are machines.
— William Wordsworth, livro Lyrical Ballads
Fonte: Lyrical Ballads (1798–1800), Lines Written in Early Spring, st. 6 (1798).
„The question of consciousness has always intrigued me. It starts with the question, 'Are we our bodies or are we our consciousness? What are we made up of?“
— Gene Roddenberry American television screenwriter and producer 1921 - 1991
„Thing is: the internet’s made of IP addresses, opinions, and assholes. It’s what’s there. That’s the basic equipment.“
— Merlin Mann American blogger 1966
KungFu Grippe http://www.kungfugrippe.com/post/273685587/indefensible-i-dont-know-how-anybody-with-a
Websites, The KungFu Grippe Tumblr website
„In the end the question is: Who is to be master, man or his machines? As long as the control over technology rests primarily on economic calculation, the victor is not likely to be man.“
— Robert L. Heilbroner American historian and economist 1919 - 2005
Fonte: The Future As History (1960), Chapter III, part 10, The Mastery of Technology, p. 161
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
„The Modern Man or Nervous Wreck is the highest of all mammals because anyone can see that he is. There are about 2,000,000,000 Modern Men, or too many. The Modern Man's highly developed brain has made him what he is and you know what he is. [Footnote: It is because of his brain that he has risen above the animals. Guess which animals he has risen above. ]“
— Will Cuppy American writer 1884 - 1949
The Modern Man
How to Tell Your Friends from the Apes (1931)
„When a real army is in retreat, machine guns are kept ready, and when an orderly retreat degenerates into a disorderly one, the command to fire is given, and quite rightly, too.“
— Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
"Communism and New Economic Policy",(April 1921)
„Man is not, as the croaking philosophers say, merely a rational animal, capable of understanding and knowledge; for, according to them, even irrational creatures appear possessed of understanding and knowledge. But man alone is the image and likeness of God ; and I mean by man, not one who performs actions similar to those of animals, but one who has advanced far beyond mere humanity — to God Himself. This question we have discussed more minutely in the treatise concerning animals. But the principal point to be spoken of now is, what is intended by the image and likeness of God.“
— Tatian Syrian writer 120 - 180
Ante-Nicene Christian library: v. 3 p. 20
Address to the Greeks
— Alan Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence
Computing Machinery and Intelligence (1950)
Contexto: "Can machines think?"... The new form of the problem can be described in terms of a game which we call the 'imitation game." It is played with three people, a man (A), a woman (B), and an interrogator (C) who may be of either sex. The interrogator stays in a room apart front the other two. The object of the game for the interrogator is to determine which of the other two is the man and which is the woman. He knows them by labels X and Y, and at the end of the game he says either "X is A and Y is B" or "X is B and Y is A." The interrogator is allowed to put questions to A and B... We now ask the question, "What will happen when a machine takes the part of A in this game?" Will the interrogator decide wrongly as often when the game is played like this as he does when the game is played between a man and a woman? These questions replace our original, "Can machines think?"
„There’s nothing sentimental about a machine, and: A poem is a small (or large) machine made of words.“
— William Carlos Williams American poet 1883 - 1963
The Wedge (1944)
— Samuel Butler novelist 1835 - 1902
As quoted in 1,911 Best Things Anybody Ever Said (1988) by Robert Byrne
„Linking the basic parts are communication, balance or system parts maintained in harmonious relationship with each other and decision making. The system theory include both man-machine and interpersonal relationships. Goals, man, machine, method, and process are woven together into a dynamic unity which reacts…“
— George R. Terry 1909 - 1979
Fonte: Principles of Management, 1960, p. 284 (6th ed. 1971)