roberto.htm


Out
there:

Science
Fiction Practice and Theory

earl jackson, jr

another scene


A Conversation
on
Belief,
Reality,
and
Philip K. Dick

Roberto Freeman

and Earl
Jackson, Jr
.

[This is based on an email
message Mr Freeman sent to Jon, Jessica, and myself. I thank Mr. Freeman
for taking the time, and for permission to use his very interesting observations
as an opening up point for multiple discussions and conversations.My comments
and responses are hyperlinked to phrases in Mr. Freeman’s text below.]


Edited Message from Roberto Freeman
to Earl Jackson, Jr.

I had a comment about the reading. . . . The following is
not a problem per se, but rather an observation that I am reminded of everytime
I read a piece of literature that
in some way revolves around the
advances in technology
. . . .

It is not to say that I believe that this is the defining
characteristic for the genre. Rather, scientific techno-babble
often found in
the texts we are reading
I perceive as having been designed to add
an enigmatic
quality
to the constructions that hover
above the theme
(i.e., „pyre“, „memory coils“).

 These abstract constructions seem to allow
us access to the themes
found in the readings. Kinda
the same way
believing in
god
allows many people access to a reality they can believe in. I am
by no stretch of the imagination any kind of a believer, but god is like
the
necessary lie
many people need
to believe
in order to access something
that was there
before the idea of god ever was. But back to my original
point.

 For a while,
I used to work as a mechanic in materials testing lab. every thing I did
was documented and after every job I had to write up a report. so when
I read about a coil
, I think of an ignition coil in an engine. When I read the word PyrE,
it looks to me like chemical formula and my
brain wants to think
of thermite, but the word stares up at me and
causes certain amount of cognitive
dissonance
. so when I read futuristic techno
babble
(for lack of a better phrase).

I wanna believe, because it allows me to access the text.
The access of the text justifies the ridiculousness
of the word
or phrase, and I can therefore continue with my life, free
from complications and empirically perfect. But
the literature nerd
in me wants to believe. . . .

Robert


Earl’s four major responses to Roberto are found at the
following urls:


babel.htm

and

belief.htm

and

notlit.htm

and

meta4.htm

Click HERE for
the beginning of the conversation with Josh Livni on math
and its metaphors.


Click HERE for
the syllabus (what was this class about again?)


Click HERE for
the chaos update page.


A conversation with Carrie Schwalb on history.

For more fun with the Art
of Conversation
, click HERE.


Out
there:

Science
Fiction Practice and Theory

earl jackson, jr

another
scene