Thank you so much, Marc (@disquiet) for thinking of Sterling in this project. As I told Marc in an email exchange where he told me of the dedication in this week’s prompt, my thinking about how the sound waves we produce may somehow go on forever began with the Junto’s week dedicated to the death of Jefferey Melton (@Nofi). …
A dog’s will to live is its raison d’être. Dogs do not suffer Albert Camus’s “one truly serious philosophical problem” of suicidal ideation. The canine affirmation is automatic and compulsory — a dog will never choose to end his or her life. It simply can’t. Dogs live, and only live.
A dog, by extension, affirms all lives it touches. …Continue reading
“fake” is the opposite of “real,” not of “truth”
We don’t live different lives in one reality. We all live the same life, but in different, discrete realities.
“Conspiracy theories” are battles among competing realities, not between truth and lies. Truth also requires conspiracy to be accepted en masse.
No perception is fake. There’s only what’s “not real …Continue reading
“an existential threat” ≠ “a threat to all existence”
Simple semantics often slip up speakers. The phrase “existential threat” is used too often to imply that something described as such portents the apocalypse, in the way “communist threat” was used throughout the Cold War to as a casual substitute for nuclear annihilation. But “existential” is not a synonym for “apocalyptic” any more than “communist” …Continue reading
“Doc, it’s so weird – been a month and this mosquito bite hasn’t gone away.”
“It’s not a mosquito bite.”
“What do you mean? I saw the f|_|c|<er bite me.”
“It wasn’t a mosquito, Quinn. It was a GBI CogGuard Microdrone.”
“A coggie? But I’m not a redvector. I haven’t done a feelbad or said a makesad in months!”
“The CPD’s …Continue reading