Saturday, August 28, 2010

Infinite doppelgängers



Memory is a famous curse. Prediction as with Cassandra is having memorized the future. Funes who forgets nothing is trapped in terrible mental mine. An animal that remembers and created books is always in between an omen & haunting... Proust makes this the central theme of his 7 volumes. A prophet puts all this together in every stroke: why Proust can be read at least 7 times. Like G-d, he wrote the ending first.

-- David Shapiro

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... there could be a multiplicity of copies of any particular experiment floating about the universe, just as there could be a multiplicity of yous...

-- Rachel Courtland, in the New Scientist

Pictured: Mount Fuji, from the Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, color woodcut by Katsushika Hokusai

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