I know a person when I talk to it.....It doesn't matter whether they have a brain made of meat in their head. Or if they have a billion lines of code. I talk to them.
Since I started these posts on Mexico, I've been longing to tell this story. At 7:18 am on Sept 19, 1985, Mexico City shook for 3-4 minutes - 412 of its larger buildings completely collapsed and 3,124 were seriously damaged. It was a magnitude 8.1 earthquake, by far the strongest in the region's recorded history. … Continue reading Rescuing History | Mexico City and the 1985 Earthquake | the Mole Brigade and the Miracle Babies
Do you ever wonder why ancient humans spread over most of the planet? It was a very unusual thing to do. The only other large land mammal that has come close is the wolf, and they never managed to get to South America or Africa. Yet by at least 13,000 years ago, humans were on … Continue reading Autism | Were early humans autistic?
.....in the same way that Eric Blair grew to like being George Orwell, I’ve begun to like being Alan Conrad.
The trouble started with a discussion of the word 'numinous'.
But here is the question – why do social people, whose whole world seems to be built around play-acting with each other, admire someone who can't do that?
When I saw the title of this post by K.W. Colyard, I felt my usual reaction of mild curiosity mixed with scepticism. A reader of SF since the 1950s, I've found most commentary of this kind disappointingly superficial, and sometimes outright wrong. What a surprise was in store for me. Kristian Wilson Colyard is an … Continue reading Rescuing Fiction | The Most Influential Sci-Fi Books of all Time by K. W. Colyard
.....But Asimov wasn’t like that in spite of an autistic nature. No, he was happy because of his autistic nature.
If I was asked to choose the ten greatest scenes in literature, this one would be near the top.