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E.M. Forster: "The Machine Stops"

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    Sand
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    Jesus Christ. I just hope this ends once the pandemic is over.

    I see something like you in this plate, but I do not see you. I hear something like you through this telephone, but I do not hear you.

    She could not be sure, for the Machine did not transmit nuances of expression. It only gave a general idea of people – an idea that was good enough for all practical purposes, Vashti thought. The imponderable bloom, declared by a discredited philosophy to be the actual essence of intercourse, was rightly ignored by the Machine, just as the imponderable bloom of the grape was ignored by the manufacturers of artificial fruit. Something 'good enough' had long since been accepted by our race.

    You know that we have lost the sense of space. We say 'space is annihilated', but we have annihilated not space, but the sense thereof.

    Jesus Christ. I just hope this ends once the pandemic is over.

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    1. cardigan
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      Just commenting on this particular part, which is very reminiscent of the late Heidegger. Anyone interested in reading more thinking along these lines should pick up (or do a carefully crafted...

      You know that we have lost the sense of space. We say 'space is annihilated', but we have annihilated not space, but the sense thereof.

      Just commenting on this particular part, which is very reminiscent of the late Heidegger. Anyone interested in reading more thinking along these lines should pick up (or do a carefully crafted search for) "The Question Concerning Technology" and/or "The Thing." Both are just astounding.

      For a long time, the English editions of these works took them out of the context of the seminar in which Heidegger gave them; luckily, the Indiana University Press put out Bremen and Freiburg Lectures a number of years ago. But if you read German, you should go straight to Holzwege, which, as far as I know, has never been put out in English, although everything in it has been translated in other anthologies.

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  2. DonQuixote
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    This was a fun book that was eerily prescient of a time that is already here for some, where people live in their four walls and rarely go out or interact directly with others in real life. With...

    This was a fun book that was eerily prescient of a time that is already here for some, where people live in their four walls and rarely go out or interact directly with others in real life. With ubiquitous one day shipping and robotic delivery close at hand, who knows?