Thursday, July 16, 2015

Failure of Medium

Alzheimer's et. al. frighten us not just because of the obvious loss of capacity and its embarrassing tangible outcomes, but because they suggest that our minds, and our selves, are wholly dependent upon our matter--in this case, our gray matter. If the fading of who we are, capabilities and memories and personality, is directly correlated to trackable deterioration, then maybe we're all just fluoroscopic by-products. How chilling.

And yet, we're far more upset by dementia than we are by network lag or blue screens of death. How philosophically conclusive is the failure of any given medium? Not very.

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