truth in sci-fi as usual - 1370°C
Jun. 16th, 2005
10:21 pm - truth in sci-fi as usual
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.
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