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zero 04-07-2008 04:30 PM

okay. if all those advanced ETs are out there, why haven’t they introduced themselves to us by now? the most popular answer is what i call the "benign anthropologist" conjecture. the aliens have not contacted us, this scenario assumes, because they don’t want to disturb the evolution of our pristine culture.

- lee gentry

Hyakujo's Fox 04-07-2008 08:52 PM

I agree one hundred percent. What's there to say? 'Hello, meat. How's it going?'

+ Terry Bisson

Anna 04-08-2008 03:02 AM

Good evening. Here is the news on Friday, the 27th of Geldof. Archaeologists near mount Sinai have discovered what is believed to be a missing page from the Bible. The page is currently being carbon dated in Bonn. If genuine it belongs at the beginning of the Bible and is believed to read "To my darling Candy. All characters portrayed within this book are fictitious and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. - The new sensation sweeping the solar system is the total immersion video game, "Better Than Life." Using the new senso lock feedback technology, "Better Than Life" is able to detect all your desires and fantasies and then make them come true. So great is the appeal of "Better Than Life" when one store in New Tokyo ran out of stocks rubber nuclear weapons had to be deployed to disperse the crowd.


Hyakujo's Fox 04-08-2008 04:26 AM

In the future, women will have breasts all over. In the future, it will be a relief to find a place without culture. In the future, plates of food will have names and titles. In the future, we will all drive standing up. In the future, love will be taught on television and by listening to pop songs.

# th #

brightpearl 04-08-2008 07:59 AM

The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.

~Blaise Pascal

zero 04-08-2008 09:41 AM

time present and time past
are both perhaps present in time future,
and time future contained in time past.
if all time is eternally present
all time is unredeemable.
what might have been is an abstraction
remaining a perpetual possibility
only in a world of speculation.
what might have been and what has been
point to one end, which is always present.
footfalls echo in the memory
down the passage which we did not take
towards the door we never opened
into the rose-garden.

my words echo


in your mind.

- t.s. eliot from burnt norton

Hyakujo's Fox 04-09-2008 10:16 AM

The Garden of Forking Paths is an incomplete, but not false, image of the universe as conceived by Ts'ui Pen. Unlike Newton and Schopenhauer, your ancestor did not believe in a uniform and absolute time; he believed in an infinite series of times, a growing, dizzying web of divergent, convergent, and parallel times. That fabric of times that approach one another, fork, are snipped off, or are simply unknown for centuries, contains all possibilities. In most of those times, we do not exist; in some, you exist but I do not; in others, I do and you do not; in others still, we both do. In this one, which the favouring hand of chance has dealt me, you have come to my home; in another, when you come through my garden you find me dead; in another, I say these same words, but I am an error, a ghost.

~ Jorge Luis Borges

zero 04-11-2008 02:18 PM

does every new universe constructed have to be nice?
- philip k. dick from the three stigmata of palmer eldritch

Anna 04-11-2008 06:32 PM

12"razormix 04-12-2008 11:55 AM

you must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.

friedrich nietzsche

Stephi_B 04-12-2008 12:27 PM

Chaos is the score upon which reality is written.

Henry Miller

YsaPur EsChomuw 04-13-2008 03:46 AM

Ponder Stibbons was one of those unfortunate people cursed with the belief that if only he found out enough things about the universe it would all, somehow make sense.

Terry Pratchett: The Last Continent

Marcus Bales 04-13-2008 08:44 AM

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out,
which is the exact opposite. -Bertrand Russell

YsaPur EsChomuw 04-13-2008 09:12 AM

“There are days when I get stuck with the crossword. I don’t go knocking my brains out. I just put it to one side and pick it up again later. And often I find that one or two answers come to me straight away. Thing is,” now he turned towards her, “you fix your mind on a certain track, until eventually you can’t see all the alternatives.

Ian Rankin: The Falls

Anna 04-13-2008 10:39 AM

“Look at every path closely and deliberately, then ask ourselves this crucial question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, then the path is good. If it doesn't, it is of no use.”

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