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Radicalized

8 Yellow highlight | Location: 64 For my parents: Roz and Gord Doctorow, who taught me why we fight, and not to give up. This isn’t the kind of fight we win, it’s the kind of fight we fight. Yellow highlight | Location: 81 Socials Yellow highlight | Location: 140 randos Yellow highlight | Location: 516 “You see, if someone wants to control you with a computer, they have to put the computer where you are, and they are not, and so you can access that computer without supervision. A computer you can access without supervision is a computer you can change, because all these computers are the same, deep down. When you get down to the...

VALIS

14 hihglights Yellow highlight | Page: 20 The universe makes certain decisions and on the basis of those decisions some people live and some people die. This is a harsh law. Yellow highlight | Page: 26 ‘If God can do anything can he create a ditch so wide he can’t jump over it?’ Yellow highlight | Page: 36 His cynical grin had about it the grin of death; he grinned like a triumphant skull. Yellow highlight | Page: 41 were. Here time turns into space. Wagner began Parsifal in 1845. He died in 1873, long before Hermann Minkowski postulated four-dimensional space-time . The source-basis for Parsifal consisted of Celtic legends, and Wagner’s research into Buddhism for his...

Bandwidth

14 Yellow highlight | Location: 19 To all who taste the cynic’s bitter draft, and instead choose hope. Yellow highlight | Location: 325 “It looks like this is your first time visiting us,” she said. “Go on in, but have a care. Some people find it”—she waggled her head to convey equivocation—“disorienting.” Yellow highlight | Location: 469 When facts won’t do, good lobbyists lie. He held up a thick finger and smiled through his beard. Great lobbyists are like novelists, they use lies to tell a deeper truth. Yellow highlight | Location: 542 He handed over a shot, which Dag accepted reluctantly, then raised his own. “To survival,” he said in his thin, reedy voice. “If you...

True Names

4 Yellow highlight | Page: 316 Workers who had any resources became data commuters and lived outside the cities. Of course, some of the people here were data-set users too and so could be characterized as data commuters. Yellow highlight | Page: 343 Because the highest levels of our minds are goal-directed problem solvers. Yellow highlight | Page: 348 The idea of “meaning” itself is really a matter of size and scale: it only makes sense to ask what something means in a system which is large enough to have many meanings. In very small systems, the idea of something having a meaning becomes as vacuous as saying that a brick is a very small...