Peter Watts

Blindsight

Arsen Avchikhanovhas quoted3 years ago
They must have been sentient to some degree, but that semi-aware dream state would have been a rudimentary thing next to our own self-obsession. They were weeding it out. It was just a phase. They were on their way.
Jack Hopkinshas quotedlast month
Humans didn't really fight over skin tone or ideology; those were just handy cues for kin-selection purposes. Ultimately it always came down to bloodlines and limited resources.
Kononova Oksanahas quoted3 months ago
How long before it dawns on us that the world we see no longer reflects the world we inhabit, that we are blind
Kononova Oksanahas quoted3 months ago
Cotard's, Anton's, Damascus Disease
Kononova Oksanahas quoted3 months ago
This was solid. It was realer than real."
"That's how you can tell it wasn't. Since you don't actually see it, there's no messy eyeball optics to limit resolution."
Kononova Oksanahas quoted3 months ago
They're—improvisations, really. A lot of the stuff you associate with a particular event might be factually wrong, no matter how clearly you remember it. The brain has a funny habit of building composites. Inserting details after the fact. But that's not to say your memories aren't true, okay? They're an honest reflection of how you saw the world, and every one of them went into shaping how you see it. But they're not photographs. More like impressionist paintings
Kononova Oksanahas quoted4 months ago
"If the only thing you can eat is your own kind, empathy is gonna be the first thing that goes
Kononova Oksanahas quoted4 months ago
The only reason we were here was because nobody had yet optimized software for First Contact
Kononova Oksanahas quoted4 months ago
After four thousand years we can't even prove that reality exists beyond the mind of the first-person dreamer
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
The thing is, humans can look at crosses without going into convulsions. That's evolution for you; one stupid linked mutation and the whole natural order falls apart, intelligence and self-awareness stuck in counterproductive lock-step for half a million years. I think I know what's happening back on Earth, and though some might call it genocide it isn't really. We did it to ourselves. You can't blame predators for being predators. We were the ones who brought them back, after all. Why wouldn't they reclaim their birthright?

Not genocide. Just the righting of an ancient wrong.

I've tried to take some comfort in that. It's—difficult. Sometimes it seems as though my whole life's been a struggle to reconnect, to regain whatever got lost when my parents killed their only child. Out in the Oort, I finally won that struggle. Thanks to a vampire and a boatload of freaks and an invading alien horde, I'm Human again. Maybe the last Human. By the time I get home, I could be the only sentient being in the universe.
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
Gödel was right after all: no system can fully understand itself.
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
Make a conscious choice. Decide to move your index finger. Too late! The electricity's already halfway down your arm. Your body began to act a full half-second before your conscious self 'chose' to, for the self chose nothing; something else set your body in motion, sent an executive summary—almost an afterthought— to the homunculus behind your eyes. That little man, that arrogant subroutine that thinks of itself as the person, mistakes correlation for causality: it reads the summary and it sees the hand move, and it thinks that one drove the other.
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
"You're not listening. The trap you set wouldn't have caught anything like that, not unless it wanted to be caught. We didn't grab specimens at all. We grabbed spies."
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
Can you explain Siri's blindness to it?" Sarasti said.
"I can't," Cunningham admitted. "It's beyond ordinary crypsis. But Rorschach makes you see all sorts of things that aren't there. Not seeing something that is there might come down to essentially the same thing."
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
Bondfast™ Formula IV

-Opioid Receptor Promoters / Maternal Response Stimulant?

"Strengthening ties between Mother and Child since 2042"
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
"All agreed? You don't have a working majority in there, Suze. Just because you cut your brain into pieces doesn't mean they each get a vote."
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
Imagine a crown of thorns, twisted, dark and unreflective, grown too thickly tangled to ever rest on any human head. Put it in orbit around a failed star whose own reflected half-light does little more than throw its satellites into silhouette. Occasional bloody highlights glinted like dim embers from its twists and crannies; they only emphasized the darkness everywhere else.
Sanzhar Surshanovhas quoted2 years ago
He's fighting the urge to eat us every time we have a briefing? That's reassuring."
Katerina Romanovahas quoted2 years ago
I deal with other people's information. I don't vomit my own personal life into the public sphere.
Katerina Romanovahas quoted2 years ago
My mother's heaven smelled of cinnamon.
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