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Average rating: 3.93 · 63,257 ratings · 5,849 reviews · 123 distinct worksSimilar authors
Blindsight (Firefall, #1)

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The images do come first, of course. They kind of sit in your backbrain until you figure out the words to describe them.
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“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.”
Peter Watts, Blindsight

“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 be earned in 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 very process of 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 I.”
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“People aren't rational. We're not thinking machines, we're - we're feeling machines that happen to think.”
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message 2: by Peter

Peter Watts Why, thank you.

The images do come first, of course. They kind of sit in your backbrain until you figure out the words to describe them.


message 1: by Sandy

Sandy Parsons I was totally mesmerized by the imagery this passage evoked:

"The Bicamerals, their tissues still saturated under the weight of fifteen atmospheres, had retreated into glass sarcophagi: personal decompression chambers with arms and legs. They stood arrayed on the deck like the opposite of deep-sea divers from a bygone age, barely mobile. Valerie's zombies moved silently among them, apparently charged with their care. Grubs tended by drones."


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