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By Peter Swirski

A sequence of interviews and significant dialogues with the past due Stanislaw Lem whose writings were translated into over forty languages and feature offered over 35 million copies. in the event you merely be aware of him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a superb creation to Lem's philosophy, medical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social concept, whereas final completely available to readers unusual with any of his works.

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An honest doctor will not treat cancer with toothpaste because he knows that it does not make sense. On the other hand, the highest court of appeal to which we defer in order to establish sense and coherence in a literary work is not just available data about the real world, but rather the genre paradigm. Thus in a novel written by a Catholic writer, his characters can see the Virgin Mary or a saint performing a miracle, in a way that need not be a hallucination or an illusion. Similarly, if you write a novel about a clairvoyant who really and truly sees the future, no one can censure you for this just because they believe soothsaying does not exist.

Swirski: You slate that science ought to examine "everything that we can at all examine" (Summa 110) since many important discoveries may otherwise escape our notice. Yet the number of relations between everything is infinite, and science could never get anywhere in the face of an infinity of variables and relations. If Derek de Solla Price was right in Little Science: Big Science,2 we will always need selectors and filters in the way of research priorities, theoretical implications, current needs, and so on.

Is this model plausible, considering that the human brain is built of cells that morphologically are very similar to one another? The pharmacological technology as you describe it would have to have a fantastic selectivity to do the job you ask it to do. Lem: Your question is really a question about literary, and specifically narrative, conventions. When you write a futurological novel, you can always set up the limiting parameters as you please. In my fictions I always make an effort to include as little technical jargon as possible.

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