Written By Heather - February 25, 2014

Friday night.

I’m still reading about memory – lots of things to think about. The Anne Whitehead book is good, but quite dense, so I read a little bit of it, put it down, and then come back later to read a bit more. I was trying to wrap my head around John Locke’s view of memory last night: that identity extends only as far as your consciousness/memory (which has a nifty way of handling the loss of self to things like dementia). I’m noting more his thoughts about recalled perceptions; I know I’m only just scraping the surface with it, but reading this book is about looking for things to try to think about for the cyberpunk story (I think it’s better to call it cyberpunk than cyborg, but even that is up in the air at the moment).

If you’re a cyborg – if you’ve been augmented and improved so that you can remember things but never forget them – it comes with a whole raft of ethical considerations and strange problems. And interesting dilemmas. That’s where I am right now.

Eh. The story is in the ‘I’m thinking about it’ stage, when it’s hard to put ideas to words. No major developments, but a lot of quiet thought.

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  1. Jocelyn says:

    Check out Moonwalking with Einstein.

  2. kmkat says:

    Also: A Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier. I’m about halfway through. It is set mainly in a nebulous city populated by people who have died but who are still remembered by at least one living person. When all memories of someone are gone, they disappear from the city.

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