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Here we go again!

"The thing is, it’s been years since I sat down and watched it. Why? Well, we have those crappy sequels to blame for that. Those movies left such a bad taste in my mouth that I didn’t want to pick up and watch the original again."

http://theessentialfilms.blogspot.com/2011/11/matrix-1999.html

Are some people just not smart enough to "Get" The Matrix Trilogy therefore the sequels must be BAD.

There are two concepts in the Matrix series for which the words are never used, "Reincarnation" and "Avatar".  Neo story is a techno version of a reincarnation of the Avatar.  Check out The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

The Matrix is more than just science fiction.
This post was originally published as part of the DVD of the Day series at Superfriends Universe on September 2, 2010. The Matrix You have to let it all go, Neo. Fear, doubt, and disbelief. Free your mind. The Stats The Di...
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“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
-- Isaac Asimov
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What wasscience fiction trying to tell us about Thorium in 1947?

The Rat Race, by Jay Franklin
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51854/51854-h/51854-h.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Rat_Race_%28novel%29

Thorium is mentioned more than 20 times in this 1947 novel but I don'trecall heaing anything about in in the 60s.
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Prize winning science fiction story by Pohl & del Rey

Preferred Risk, by Edson McCann
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51814/51814-h/51814-h.htm

McCann is a nom de plume
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“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today - but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
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Here is the science fiction:
The Space Merchants (1952) Frederick Pohl and Cyril Kornbluth
http://www.zone-sf.com/spacemerch.html

Subversive (1962) by Mack Reynolds
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/23197/23197-h/23197-h.htm
What kind of TV did Marx watch?  What did he say about Planned Obsolescence.  What has happend to the depreciation of all of the consumer junk for the last 50 years?  Try this essay:
http://www.toxicdrums.com/economic-wargames-by-dal-timgar.html
If you're stressed out and anxious you're not alone. Poster from the Occupy movement in 2012 Most people are anxious. And that's because capitalist society is stressful as hell. Many of us are trying to heal from real trauma...
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So now Lee knows that AlphaGo is no push over.  But did that first game help him learn enough about the bots style to beat it in the future?  It is a pity they did not allow more time between games.  Neurons are not as fast as transistors.
A computer defeating a professional human player at the 3,000-year-old Chinese board game known as Go, was thought to be about a decade off In a milestone for artificial intelligence, a computer has beaten a human champion at...
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Nine years before we got HAL we had Lex:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51362/51362-h/51362-h.htm

Science fiction on Artificial Intelligence
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The ultimate way to deal with Star Wars fans:

Obewan Knows Best

http://www.looper.com/6411/star-wars-actors-dissed-franchise/
<p>Could these actors be on the dark side of the <i>Star Wars</i> hype?</p>
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Here is an interesting issue:  Artificial Intelligence enhancing intelligence.

http://singularityhub.com/2016/05/11/ai-teaching-assistant-helped-students-online-and-no-one-knew-the-difference/
Meet Jill Watson, a first-time teaching assistant at Georgia Tech assigned to moderate an online forum for a computer science class. Jill was 1 of 9 TAs assigned to help... read more
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A Trace of Memory, by Keith Laumer
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/51712/51712-h/51712-h.htm

Gutenberg is getting into the big time.  A big name Science Fiction author with a book rated well on Goodreads.

This is not a Hard SF story and has a higher than usual Fantasy density.

    It uses 58 SF words 128 times for an SF density of 0.351

    18 Fantasy words used 60 times for a Fantasy density of 0.165
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A Trace of Memory is an adventure story fundamentally similar to a later Laumer tale, Galactic Odyssey.  Here a near immortal alien with amnesia is trapped on Earth for 3,000 years.  Then a down on his luck American helps him escape.  Somewhat silly but might be fun.
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The State by Franz Oppenheimer
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/51544

http://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/51544/pg51544.cover.medium.jpg

It is certainly curious what seems to disappear from common knowledge.  This just turned up in PG and I never heard of it.  The Mises Institute knows about it.

https://mises.org/library/state-its-history-and-development-viewed-sociologically

It looks better than the propaganda I got in history classes.
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Science fiction should be about what kinds of worlds we can create and which we decide to choose.  The future is coming at us, like it or not.  Science and technology add to the bag of tricks.  What do we want out of the bag and what do we want left in it?  Not enough people have enough understanding of the options or side effects.  Good SF should be "educational".
Thursday (3/10) at noon in the International Commons (151 Coleman Hall) Life and Artificial Life: Who's who? Should it matter? What can Science-Fiction, as a genre of story-telling in various forms tell us about the world — a...
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+Cass Stevens I never liked PKD very much but I never thought of his work like that.  We could have made double-entry accounting mandatory in our high schools decades ago.  What would the effect be by now if that had begun in 1960.  Would an alternate history story based on that even qualify as science fiction?  LOL
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Free Calculus Book

Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus Thompson

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/33283/33283-pdf.pdf

mathematics, education, home schooling
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