Tuesday, 15 July 2008

Ian M. Banks: A Few Notes on the Culture

This text by Ian M. Banks on his Sci Fi Universe the Culture have helped me to imagine what politics could be in a VR society like Second Life. In fact his latest novel Matter takes for a major subject the truth or non-truth of our reality. But Banks accepts ultimately the Buddhist or drunken idea that you can't really know reality.

The conditions of mass space, and the SL Grid's inability to cluster large groups because of Lag would seem to insure as we live closer and closer to each other in terms of space we are more and more isolated in terms of Culture. 20 people is a massive crowd in Second Life.

It could also give us a stage to act our own emotional life like that in the Culture novels.

And as with Contact some humans will simply need to be doing something, exploring in order to keep their Culture alive.

Rober1236 Jua the Cyber Trekker of Second Life
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