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If it is aliens, are they going to slap the shit out of Elon Musk for appropriating Ian M. Banks socialist space operas?

@emma

I've been thinking about Banks Culture universe for some time. And it's only a socialist paradise if you leave out the fact the Minds are effectively benevolent (mostly benevolent) gods. Take them away and the humans would be back to their old human tricks.

The operative question then becomes, "Why do the Minds bother? What do they get out of it?"

At first I thought maybe they kept humans as pets. But now I wonder if it isn't more 'lab animals'.

Ever read Tell's 'Of Men and Monsters'?

@jackwilliambell

I'm still of the opinion that one of the greatest tricks the Devil ever pulled was convincing us the Calculation Problem was unsolvable.

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