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Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Perfection’s unattainable but it isn’t unapproachable."

Perfection’s unattainable but it isn’t unapproachable.




Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "The most altruistic and sustainable philosophies fail before the brute brain stem imperative of self-interest."

The most altruistic and sustainable philosophies fail before the brute brain stem imperative of self-interest.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "You can’t turn a sunset into a string of grunts without losing something."

You can’t turn a sunset into a string of grunts without losing something.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Technology implies belligerence."

Technology implies belligerence.




Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "What’s the difference between being dead, and just not knowing you’re alive?"

What’s the difference between being dead, and just not knowing you’re alive?



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "After four thousand years we can’t even prove that reality exists beyond the mind of the first-person dreamer."

After four thousand years we can’t even prove that reality exists beyond the mind of the first-person dreamer.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Pack animals always tear apart the weaklings in their midst. Every child knows that much instinctively."

Pack animals always tear apart the weaklings in their midst. Every child knows that much instinctively.




Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "The static’s nice. I could do without the screechi"

The static’s nice. I could do without the screechi



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Brains are survival engines, not truth detectors."

Brains are survival engines, not truth detectors.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "But when the flash flood crosses your path, when the lion leaps at you from the grasses, advanced self-awareness is an unaffordable indulgence. The brain stem does its best."

But when the flash flood crosses your path, when the lion leaps at you from the grasses, advanced self-awareness is an unaffordable indulgence. The brain stem does its best.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Thanks to a vampire and a boatload of freaks and an invading alien horde, I’m Human again."

Thanks to a vampire and a boatload of freaks and an invading alien horde, I’m Human again.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Radar is too long in the tooth for fine detail."

Radar is too long in the tooth for fine detail.




Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Stars, everywhere. So many stars that I could not for the life meunderstand how the sky could contain them all yet be so black."

Stars, everywhere. So many stars that I could not for the life meunderstand how the sky could contain them all yet be so black.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "What's the survival value of obsessing on a sunset?"

What's the survival value of obsessing on a sunset?



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "There's no such things as survival of the fittest. Survival of the most adequate, maybe. It doesn't matter whether a solution's optimal. All that matters is whether it beats the alternative."

There's no such things as survival of the fittest. Survival of the most adequate, maybe. It doesn't matter whether a solution's optimal. All that matters is whether it beats the alternative.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "The vampires win every time."

The vampires win every time.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "If the rest of your brain were conscious, it would probably regard you as the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert"

If the rest of your brain were conscious, it would probably regard you as the pointy-haired boss from Dilbert



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "Everything’s an act. Everything’s strategy."

Everything’s an act. Everything’s strategy.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "I don't understand how meat like you survived to adulthood."

I don't understand how meat like you survived to adulthood.



Peter Watts, Blindsight Quotes: "But then I remembered: the universe was closed, and so very small. There was really nowhere else to go."

But then I remembered: the universe was closed, and so very small. There was really nowhere else to go.