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Peter Watts

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„Роевой разум, одержимый глоссолалией: вроде Двухпалатники делали это так. Похоже на биорадио в головах, общинный corpus callosum: электроны колеблются в микротрубочках наподобие квантовой запутанности. Штука полностью органическая, чтобы обойти запрет на межмозговые интерфейсы. Труба, которая по команде сливает множество разумов в один. Они плыли вместе и призывали Вознесение, приобщение к таинствам; катались по полу, пускали слюни и улюлюкали, а прислужники все записывали, и в результате монахи каким-то образом полностью переписали теорию амплитуэдра“ Echopraxia

„Stars, everywhere. So many stars that I could not for the life me
understand how the sky could contain them all yet be so black.“

„Evolution has no foresight. Complex machinery develops its own agendas. Brains — cheat. Feedback loops evolve to promote stable heartbeats and then stumble upon the temptation of rhythm and music. The rush evoked by fractal imagery, the algorithms used for habitat selection, metastasize into art. Thrills that once had to bein increments of fitness can now be had from pointless introspection. Aesthetics rise unbidden from a trillion dopamine receptors, and the system moves beyond modeling the organism. It begins to model the veryof modeling. It consumes evermore computational resources, bogs itself down with endless recursion and irrelevant simulations. Like the parasitic DNA that accretes in every natural genome, it persists and proliferates and produces nothing but itself. Metaprocesses bloom like cancer, and awaken, and call themselves.“ Blindsight

„This is how you communicate with a fellow intelligence: You hurt it, you keep on hurting it, until you can distinguish the speech from the screams.“ Blindsight

„People aren't rational. We're not thinking machines, we're - we're feeling machines that happen to think.“ Blindsight

„I brought her flowers one dusky Tuesday evening when the light was perfect. I pointed out the irony of that romantic old tradition— the severed genitalia of another species, offered as a precopulatory bribe—and then I recited my story just as we were about to fuck.

To this day, I still don't know what went wrong.“

„There's no such things as survival of the fittest. Survival of the most adequate, maybe. It doesn't matter whether a solution's optimal. All that matters is whether it beats the alternative.“ Blindsight

„Every concert pianist knows that the surest way to ruin a performance is to be aware of what the fingers are doing. Every dancer and acrobat knows enough to let the mind go, let the body run itself. Every driver of a manual vehicle arrives at destinations with no recollection of the stops and turns and roads traveled in getting there. You are all sleepwalkers, whether climbing creative peaks or slogging through some mundane routine for the thousandth time. You are all sleepwalkers.“ Blindsight

„I really wanted to talk to her.
I just couldn't find an algorithm that fit.“

„If believing absurd falsehoods increase the odds of getting laid or avoiding predators, your brain will believe those falsehoods with all its metaphorical little heart.“

„Brains are survival engines, not truth detectors.“ Blindsight

„Fifty thousand years ago there were these three guys spread out across the plain and they each heard something rustling in the grass. The first one thought it was a tiger, and he ran like hell, and it was a tiger but the guy got away. The second one thought the rustling was a tiger and he ran like hell, but it was only the wind and his friends all laughed at him for being such a chickenshit. But the third guy thought it was only the wind, so he shrugged it off and the tiger had him for dinner. And the same thing happened a million times across ten thousand generations - and after a while everyone was seeing tigers in the grass even when there were`t any tigers, because even chickenshits have more kids than corpses do. And from those humble beginnings we learn to see faces in the clouds and portents in the stars, to see agency in randomness, because natural selection favours the paranoid. Even here in the 21st century we can make people more honest just by scribbling a pair of eyes on the wall with a Sharpie. Even now we are wired to believe that unseen things are watching us.“ Echopraxia

„Maybe your empathy's just a comforting lie, you ever think of that? Maybe you think you know how the other person feels but you're only feeling yourself, maybe you're even worst than me. Or maybe we're all just guessing.“ Blindsight

„How do you say 'We come in peace' when the very words are an act of war?“ Blindsight

„Not even Lucifer left Heaven until he was pushed.“ Blindsight

„Not even the most heavily-armed police state can exert brute force to all of its citizens all of the time. Meme management is so much subtler; the rose-tinted refraction of perceived reality, the contagious fear of threatening alternatives.“ Blindsight