September 23, 2007
Who Are You? Windows, MacIntosh, or KDE?
This might sound weird, but suppose your current state of mind condensed, à la Iain Banks’s Culture, to a desktop manager like Windows (gag), or MacIntosh, or KDE (the only one I could comfortably fit into).
New situation? Encapsulate the existing one, push it onto a stack, deal with the new one, pop the previous one off the stack, go back to dealing with that.
What's left? Who is it that pops?
Posted by Chuck Dupree at September 23, 2007 05:15 AM
whenever i see the words "à la Iain Banks’s Culture" i jump into the fray like a frog with an electrode up its ass, regardless of whether i have anything intelligent to say. if i were to have my mind-state, current or otherwise, condensed into the format some sort of user-interace-thingy resembling the front end of an operating system - OS X definitely resembles the framework of my head more than windows does, but that's just because i lack exposure to Linux-based environments.
apropos your question, as far as i understand the way banks always postulated it in his books, it depends on how deep the encapsulation runs. if it's a deep enough scan, at least according to the world view of the culture, then it's a perfectly autonomous consciousness. but if it's not, then it's just an avatar. where's the cutting edge? who knows? the whole thing creeps me out, to tell you the truth. but that's what i love about banks's novels.