VALIS

Essa é de um email perdido que mandei no meio desse ano numa conversa sobre “o Google estar ouvindo”.

Do livro de ficção científica Neverness[1], de David Zindell [2]:

There is an ecology of information. Stars will die; people and gods will die, but information is conserved. Macroscopic information decays to microscopic information. But microscopic information is eventually concentrated. Nothing is lost. Gods exist to devour information. The lower intelligences sort, filter, concentrate and organize information. And the gods feed.

Agora VALIS[3], de Philip K. Dick[4] (aquele de “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”[5], que inspirou Blade Runner):

Tractate 31:
We hypostatize information into objects. Rearrangement of objects is change in the content of the information; the message has changed. This is a language which we have lost the ability to read. We ourselves are a part of this language; changes in us are changes in the content of the information. We ourselves are information-rich; information enters us, is processed and is then projected outward once more, now in an altered form. We are not aware that we are doing this, that in fact this is all we are doing.

Tractate 36:
In summary; thoughts of the brain are experienced by us as arrangements and rearrangements – change – in a physical universe; but in fact it is really information and information-processing which we substantialize. We do not merely see its thoughts as objects, but rather as the movement, or, more precisely, the placement of objects: how they become linked to one another. But we cannot read the patterns of arrangement; we cannot extract the information in it – i.e. it as information, which is what it is. The linking and relinking of objects by the Brain is actually a language but not a language like ours (since it is addressing itself and not someone or something outside itself).

A propósito:

VALIS (acronym of Vast Active Living Intelligence System from an American film): A perturbation in the reality field in which a spontaneous self-monitoring negentropic vortex is formed, tending progressively to subsume and incorporate its environment into arrangements of information. Characterized by quasi-consciousness, purpose, intelligence, growth and an armillary coherence.

- Great Soviet Dictionary, Sixth Edition 1992

[1] http://fusionanomaly.net/information.html (Fusion Anomaly! Versão “lado direito do cérebro” da Wikipedia, embora não seja wiki)
[2] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Zindell
[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VALIS
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_K._Dick
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Do_Androids_Dream_of_Electric_Sheep%3F
[6] http://fusionanomaly.net/valis.html

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