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Forum in English / Re: about the Polish language
« dnia: Marzec 07, 2006, 06:24:53 am »
Which novels use "archaic and poetic" language, which do not? And what is complicated about Golem XIV in detail? The terminology, the structure of the sentences?
Are there passages or books you know where Lem uses very colloquial expressions or language?

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Forum in English / Re: about the Polish language
« dnia: Luty 15, 2006, 09:25:05 am »
I am interested in Lems Polish as well. What is it like? How can you discribe his style and the phrases he uses?
Is it complicated language or rather simple?

(Polish is a very beautiful language. I am studying it but am still far away from judging Lems language myself).

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Forum in English / Re: science with Lem
« dnia: Luty 15, 2006, 09:18:50 am »
Two more pence:
What about really great discoveries e.g. in physics? (I am a scientist myself, but different branch, so I can’t tell). To find out something really “big”, isn’t it necessary to be a philosopher as well? Or let’s say a visionary.

As long as Pirxowa says one is only inspired by the discoveries of other scientists one can’t really leave the given horizon. Of course everyone will accept your work as scientific (in a narrow sense) as well, for you never leave the scope of the whole scientific community. Well done jobs! Important jobs, that’s not the point.
But so many here said they are inspired by Lems books themselves…Maybe because he leaves with his books the well known scientific fields and steps aside into a new arena of science – with speculation, prognosis, unbound ideas, open possibilities. Somebody wrote: Lem writes for ordinary people. Doesn’t he write for ordinary scientists? My aunt Annie would not read Lem, that’s for sure.
Now, isn’t he, who doesn’t claim to know what science ('really') is, the ‘real scientist’? Remember once they agreed on the earth as the centre of the universe as the Bible was the scientific thruth! Bad example, I agree, but anyway, you know what I mean….

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Forum in English / Re: science with Lem
« dnia: Styczeń 16, 2006, 12:45:04 pm »
Do you think he abandons rational thinking in writing literature? At least he´s able to think and speculate whatever he wants there. Whereas in scientific essays he is bound to explain based on existing knowledge. Not so many new possibilities there...

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Forum in English / Re: science with Lem
« dnia: Styczeń 06, 2006, 05:28:24 pm »
Why is Lem so convinced that science rules the world in one respect and on the other hand he always critizises it and shows its limits in his stories? See those miniature creatures in the Invincible: they are the end of an technological evolution and the story/Lem takes their description very seriously. What is said there sound possible to me. It´s an scientifically interested and accurate description.
But in the end the crew with all its experts is exposed to be a bunch of idiots, who Kirk-like try to kill any unknown creature that crosses his way. Scientist appear to be very limited persons, or maybe they just represent mankind.
Or take Solaris: microscopic examination on below nucleus level of Hareys blood meets gone crazy scientists defeated by a superior or at least very different intelligence. Why those endings?
You know what I mean: it´s always the same scientific euphoria that meets the limits of (human) science.
What do you think about it? What is his attitude towards scientific thinking, possibilities...?

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Forum in English / Re: superconciousness
« dnia: Grudzień 12, 2005, 03:36:33 pm »
Well, maybe I would...But that library idea of course wasn´t serious. Was just trying to get back to Lem.

And I had a goog laugh when I read Lems story about Pirx not realizing about the temporal problems he is in. The theory of relativity book hits his head. I always wondered if he got all those time loops right but am to lazy to write them down and check. He meets himself in the future - his monday, tuesday, wednesday future self and so on...sometimes some of them at once.

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Forum in English / Re: science with Lem
« dnia: Grudzień 09, 2005, 10:53:11 am »
What about Lem´s robots? They are very specialized and dumb creatures. No signs of taking over command. At least the robots humans created.


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Forum in English / Re: superconciousness
« dnia: Grudzień 09, 2005, 10:49:40 am »
Socrates, you do your name great honour! Your question made me see the truth: I need not fear that repressed part of webs unconcious.

I know of a case where a book nearly killed one of the dumbest students in a Japanese university library. It hit him in the neck during an earthquake. Maybe there are some intelligent libraries?

Reminds me of the Pirx tale with the time loops. First the relativity theory flies around, then it hits him to make him see...!

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Forum in English / Re: superconciousness
« dnia: Grudzień 08, 2005, 12:58:10 pm »
What about the superunconciousness now?

Is the web the superconciousness or its unconcious part? Is information on the web the sedimented knowledge that penetrated culture so deeply that it became its unconciousness? Or does what we can´t bear in concious life survive on the web? Well. there are things on the web I am glad I forgot about. And maybe all those spams arriving daily contain what we repress (e.g. the need for Viagra)? Wow, Sigmund Freud would love this....!

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Forum in English / Re: science with Lem
« dnia: Grudzień 05, 2005, 12:53:49 pm »
Where can I find the fantomatics? Started reading all Lems, but have still some more to go...

AI in Golem: So Lem was visionary with light communication in computers. What about the idea of a superior computer? Any signs for such a hugh omniscient computer compared to that people are mere children?

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Forum in English / Re: Book with short stories (Fly in space ship, ..
« dnia: Listopad 29, 2005, 04:59:54 pm »
Am interested in the story about the parallel worlds of women and men. Does anybody know its title? Is it as well part of the Star diaries?


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