[extropy-chat] book review: The Human Touch by Michael Frayn

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky sentience at pobox.com
Thu Mar 1 07:56:05 UTC 2007

pjmanney wrote:
> I have to say, however, that the contrast between your and Seth
> Lloyd's opinions of Frayn's work is... fascinating... to say the
> least.  Apparently the non-storyteller has a higher opinion about the
> connection between reality and narrative than the storyteller does!

That's no more surprising than that a magician should be less enchanted 
by his own artifice than the audience.  Anyone who writes stories knows 
that they are constructed to be unreal; the reader, by design, is 
wrapped only in the enchantment.

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://singinst.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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