For Real?

Are you sure you’re real? Sometimes I think that I’ll wake up, it’ll be November 1985, and all the intervening time will have been a dream a la Who Shot JR.

Thankfully I haven’t had one of those dreams in a long long time. But dreams do have the capability of compressing time. I had a dream about a turnip that seemed like it lasted over 12 hours, but when I woke up only 20 minutes had elapsed. That was no ordinary turnip either.

For real!

In Re: AL = REAL

Now AI would be artificial intelligence. So AL is Artificial Life?

Could be.

Assisted Life?

That really doesn’t sound fun.

Assisted Lesbians?

Well that sounds like a whole lot more fun, but if they wanted MY assistance they would be Bi and not lesbian.

AL, hm, … Al?

Could be

Albert Camus?

Well that’s rather an existential question isn’t it. I tried reading L’Etranger during or after high school. I found it easier to read “The Stranger”. Easier to read, but still unfathomable. Speakings of fathoms, I would call that going off the deep end. I didn’t really get existentialism then. A meaningless existence, descriptive not a goal, I got that it was meaningless, I didn’t get that it was a condemnation of shallow materialism and banal relationships. Relationships can be the bane of one’s existence. An example,

Camus deplored that lack of concern that the ordinary person showed towards the Nazi occupation of France. Mostly in terms of the Vichy government passing laws against Jews and nobody except the Jews cared. April 20 is Hitler’s birthday. Neonazi groups like to do stuff on that day. 420 is also a number associated with pot use. One can hope that the Nazis get stoned enough to not do anything, and average Joe stays clear headed enough to notice if they do try something.


4 thoughts on “For Real?

    1. wildoats1962 Post author

      One of my nephews has Apr 20 for a birthday. I e-mail him a Hitler video parody on that day. I think of my mental process as being more like pinball than meandering. Word associations, and the way we remember seems more chaotic, the conscious mind and in particular the reasoning centers try to collate the jumps into a path. It isn’t really a path. Similarly an electron doesn’t orbit the nucleus in a Bohr-ing way. According to quantum mechanics it’s more of a probability cloud. But what do Quantum Mechanics know, and who drives a Quantum anyway?


  1. wildoats1962 Post author

    Drag them out by the hair, which hair? Speaking of hares, Happy Easter! I spent the day with wife and older kid plus grandkids. Kind of like vanilla extract, pleasant in small doses overpowering if you get too much at once.



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