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Topic: Discover story on you Comic-Con panel

From: Sue Karlin
Location: Los Angeles
Date: 07/28/2009

Comic-Con 2009: How to Create Tomorrow Based on the Tech of Today:
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2009/07/27/comic-con-2009-building-tomorrows-technology/

Thanks for your participation and keep me posted on future news!

Sue Karlin

Re: Discover story on you Comic-Con panel

From: Greg Bear
Date: 07/28/2009

Thanks, Sue! Good piece. There's a bit of conflation between what I was saying about the importance of biotech, and the influence of the Internet--it's the Internet that removes the middleman from between the creator and the audience. However, biotech also removes a kind of middleman from between the Creator and us... evolution! So it's an interesting conflation at that.

Re: Discover story on you Comic-Con panel

From: patrick
Location:
Date: 07/30/2009

As posted on the article's page:


"If all the rules could be ignored, there would be no conflict, and whats the story in that?"

Not at all true. You have all kinds of conflict in ridiculous fantasy stories, and often few really significant boundary conditions in many of them. Conversely, let's say a story had no conflict. Would it be boring? Most people want to tell (and hear) stories about 'good' things. At least, that's what people want to remember. And we know that it's a human habit to forget 'bad' times in favor of 'good'.

No, people want conflict because they're genetically disposed to need to achieve things. (And because they're saps.) Conversely, attainment is something one simply becomes, embodies, through some revelation. Nothing gained, yet one is 'more'. Greater. And I think there are very interesting stories in transcendence.

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