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Jun. 16th, 2005

10:21 pm - truth in sci-fi as usual

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There used to be an old riddle. Are the colors you see the same as the ones I see? When you smell a rose, are you experiencing the same heady sensations that I do, when I sniff the same flower?

Nowadays we know the answer.

No.

We may use similar terms to describe a sunset. Our subjective worlds often correspond, correlate, and map onto each other. That makes cooperation and relationships possible, even complex civilization. Yet a person's actual sensations and feelings remain forever unique. Because a brain isn't a computer and neurons aren't transistors.

It's why telepathy can't happen. We are, each of us, singular and forever alien.


-David Brin, Kil'n People

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From:elegantelbow
Date:June 16th, 2005 04:43 pm (UTC)
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Ooog. I'm about 1/3 way into Kiln People, and I'm loving it. I just haven't had much time to read lately.
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From:ilcylic
Date:June 16th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
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I'd like to read it when you're done. I like 75% of the Brin I read.

-Ogre
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 17th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
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i'm only about 1/4 of the way in myself, but i'm enjoying it immensely. i'd been staying away from Brin because i thought Earth</> was one of the best sci-fi books ever written, and i always worry about a sci-fi author's ability to continue to produce good books, but i'm incredibly glad i bought this one 2nd hand a few months back.
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From:_goodmanbrown_
Date:June 17th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
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How, exactly, is the other minds problem solved in Brin's future?
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From:ferrousoxide
Date:June 17th, 2005 01:38 pm (UTC)
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i'm guessing that it's not. but i'll let you know when i've finished it.
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From:projectivehex
Date:June 17th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC)

Antagonistic Notes:

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-Matter and Energy are exchangeable. We are, at the basic level, no different than any other existing object. (So don't give me the alien)
-Neurons develop along patterns that are laid out by genetic heritage and environmental conditions.
-Maybe one of our goals as a species should be to enhance our ability to communicate all experiences more clearly. *Hence all of the authors of the world like monkeys writing Shakespeare*
-Telepathy could exist as a form of energy/matter pattern recognition sense in an abnormal brain. (But who knows)
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