[ExI] quote of the day - power

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Sat Mar 26 15:27:21 UTC 2016



From: extropy-chat [mailto:extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org] On Behalf Of William Flynn Wallace
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Subject: [ExI] quote of the day - power


"It is indeed always a puzzle to men, the physical passivity which women have the power of summoning up, to endure the inconvenience of an amorous excitement which they do not share.  Few men realize the depth of the satisfaction to women's nature in the mere possession of the power to cause such excitement."


John Cowper Powys - from A Glastonbury Romance


bill w




Ja, so true.  I have a proposed solution for that BillW.  Geordi La Forge from Star Trek TNG (no known relation to Stuart) was blind from birth but had a special visor which somehow detected what was out there and translated the signal to go past his nonfunctioning eyes and get to his brain, kind of a 1990s version of neurohacking.


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Ok cool.  We can imagine software in his visor having some kind of settings mode, where we could color reverse everything, like that upside down Everglades scene in 2001 A Space Odyssey for instance, or have a high setting, so everything looked the way it does to stoned people without spending the money on dope or alcohol.  Still with me?  Good.


What I want is for some of you smart software guys who grok both genders to make for us a Geordi visor with a setting that takes any image, translates it into whatever women see when they look at that same scene.  While we do that, I want a special pair of headphones which translates incoming sound into what women are hearing.  


Reasoning: I could experiment with the thing and learn to speak and do in such a way that the signal received would be the one I intended to transmit.  If I knew what my bride sees and hears, then compare that to what I said and did, I could perhaps become a better husband.  


Oh that would be cool: I could find out what all the other colors look like, those weird ones which are none of the basic ten colors.  Oh there is a tooooonnnn of money to be made.


We could even make one for women, which translates scenes for them into what we boys see.  Perhaps they would put on the visor and make comments such as “Oh.  Is THAT all you are seeing and hearing?  No wonder.”  With that, there would be no more excuses.  We might have to retire the “ist” suffix.  


We could make endless variations on the theme: translators for straight, gay, communist, capitalist, conservative, progressive, all the complex variations we have been introduced to.  We could make them for religions and cultures.  Everybody could see and hear the world through the eyes and ears of anyone else.  Peace could break out.  Defense companies would be ruined.  OK bad idea, never mind, can’t have that.


If I had that audio/visual translator, I could perhaps come to understand Powys’ comment about having a devoted follower for which she cares little.  I have seen that from the other side however: I have been the devoted follower of a cherished one who was indifferent to my feelings but who apparently enjoyed the inexplicable power she wielded.  Perhaps most of us here have been in that situation, for it need not be gender-specific.




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