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    God Created Consciousness in Fiction

    Given his grandeur, pettiness, and complexity, and his capacity for introspection, he’s the major exception to the flatness of ancient characters—God.Illustration by Humphrey King / Flickr Many modern novels do something that the earliest literature sometimes seems incapable of doing—representing the inner life of the individual, in all its complexity. The history of literature has […]

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    How Star Trek May Show the Emergence of Human Consciousness

    The Borg capture Captain Jean-Luc Picard and turn him into Locutus, all but erasing his previous identity.CBS   Captain Picard: “How do we reason with them, let them know that we are not a threat?” Guinan: “You don’t. At least, I’ve never known anyone who did.” With this brief, ominous exchange, the heroes of Star […]