Monday, March 23, 2009

Wikipedia Told Me That It's Already Been Thought of Before

The cardinal rule of the human artistic/philosophical process is that (virtually) everything has already been thought, said, and done. There might be room for human "originality" in the sciences, but that's essentially discovering what's already been available all along, whether mathematical theorems, the properties of stem cells, or the laws of physics.

Yesterday's fanciful rant about multitasking through synced consciousnesses has already been done before. Presumably, that's sort of what a insect hive/colony does...in a sense. And more recently - I found this out journeying through Wikipedia - that's essentially what the Cylons do/are in the recently-finished Battlestar Galactica series. Having never watched the show (and not remembering whether or not I watched the original - probably not), I didn't know that each specific Cylon could copy and sync its consciousness onto both mechanical machinery and organic, humanoid machinery. At least, that's what I think they do, since I never watched the show (maybe I'll check out the show online on Hulu, if it's there). I think it's cool that my thought experiment is similar to the thought processes of published and produced writers of science fiction.

When I took an online astronomy course, I ranted about time travel and how fourth and fifth dimensional beings could exist. Years later, I watched an episode of Doctor Who (the badass Ninth Doctor with the leather jacket), having never watched an episode of this legendary BBC franchise. Lo, and behold! their ideas of time travel and higher beings (the Doctor, who is a Time Lord) were very compatible to mine. That's also why I find the time travel angle of Lost so fascinating, especially the beginnings of that arc with the Desmond character.

I guess we can blame the 1960 film adaptation of The Time Machine, the Back to the Future trilogy, Quantum Leap, and other geekery for acclimating my imagination to "come up" with concepts that are already essentially mainstream, with me knowing that it's out there.

Now that's settled, maybe I should give my imagination a rest and just sponge up whatever the boob tube has to say. Then again, that's not a good idea.

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