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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.
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“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...
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The universe makes certain decisions and on the basis of those decisions some people live and some people die. This is a harsh law.
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‘If God can do anything can he create a ditch so wide he can’t jump over it?’
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His cynical grin had about it the grin of death; he grinned like a triumphant skull.
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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...
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To all who taste the cynic’s bitter draft, and instead choose hope.
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“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.”
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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.
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He handed over a shot, which Dag accepted reluctantly, then raised his own. “To survival,” he said in his thin, reedy voice. “If you...
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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.
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Because the highest levels of our minds are goal-directed problem solvers.
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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...