It’s that thing we’re working on.
A panel from the short comic I’m working on. There is a pretty drastic shift in style in this story… hopefully I pull it off…
This is some world class illustratin’ right here folks
Bridge to Nowhere
Here is bit more formal rendition of an enthymeme I ran into today, and see all too often:
- a's are 'wired' for x, therefore a's should x -
As I saw it today, it was stated as, “a's biology lends it to x,” but, in any case that I have come across the argument, the term that replaces my term “wiring” is meant to refer to the result of the evolutionary development of the “a”*.
unpacked, It looks something like this
1. a's are wired for x**
2. the flourishing of a is maximized when it acts according to its wiring
3. if an a desires to flourish it should act according to its wiring
4. a's do desire to flourish
5. a's should x
I am fairly sure this is a valid argument, but it is not sound (one or more of its premises are probably not true).
I think that both 2 and 3 are unsound (and 4 is dubious - as Nietzsche said, “only the Englishman does”), but I will simply consider 2. All one needs to undermine 2 is an instance of an action that is in accord with the wiring of a creature that does not promote the flourishing of that creature.
There might be a way to make this line of thought plausible, but I am skeptical.
*I take it that as used here “wiring” or “biology” are naive evolutionary-psychological terms. Wiring refers to the behavioral tendencies that have arisen as a result of selection pressures on the species in question.
** Or! More dramatically, “a's have been wired for x by millions and millions of years of evolution.”
"Mirror of Time," by Vladimir Tarasov, 1967. A ten-minute film about the Soviet future.
Watch this slice of retro-futuristic history, and follow my Maddd Science tumblr for more while you’re at it.
Creepy hall with @malachiward
More of the same
Isaach de Bankole
Excerpt from an interview with Gene Wolfe. (Thanks Matt!)
JP: Why does science fiction matter?
GW: I think it matters a lot, because it’s mind-opening. That’s its great virtue. Ordinary fantasy opens minds, but not nearly as much. The Oz books [1900–1920] may open someone’s mind a little bit. Alice in Wonderland  is kind of mind-opening. But a lot of science fiction is much more so. For instance, I could write a story in which a man has a conversation with his gun. I might do that sometime. Prince Valiant had his singing sword, and I always thought they could have done more with that than they did.
JP: Many people say that science fiction matters because it is about contemporary society—that it is a kind of satire.
GW: Unfortunately. It’s true that a great many people think that it must be.
JP: You mean: it needn’t be so.
GW: You could write a book about a landing on Mars in which a landing on Mars is a metaphor for something that is going on now. You could also write a book about a landing on Mars that’s a landing on Mars.
Some character designs
Warm up doodle. I’m going to have to draw so many faces over the next month or two… So many
Paul Klee, I like his little jaggedy lines