Friday, March 29, 2013

Memory is A Requiem for the Dead Neurons (Part 2)


The Replicants in BLADERUNNER tried to fabricate the past by collecting photographs of some distant past. They did not have actual memories of those moments captured in photographs. Then, why do they need to have these external artifacts? If I have a photograph taken 20 years ago, and if I have no recollection of having that particular moment depicted in it, then what does that prove? Did I lose the memory of the event? Or did someone fabricate the photograph using Photoshop? If you can believe what you see in a photograph rather than you remember, then are you a Replicant?

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Memory is A Requiem for the Dead Neurons (Part 1)

You are talking about memories.
Rick Deckard, Bladerunner.

William Gibson's most controversial work to date, "Agrippa (A Book of the Dead)", was supposed to exist only in the memories of those who experienced it. The work would not be physically accessible after its initial encounter with a reader. I mean, you cannot read it twice. And this needs a little bit of explaining. 

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