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Old February 14 2013, 10:20 PM   #39
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Re: Why do so many people rag on "Dear doctor"

Christopher wrote:
And one more time: whether it's ludicrous compared to reality is totally beside the point in evaluating a work of fiction.
So you're arguing that fiction does not need to be grounded in reality, not even a bit?

Christopher wrote:
Humanoid aliens are ludicrous.
Are they? They're unlikely, but ludicrous? Those grey sons of bitches that crashed in New Mexico seemed pretty humanoid to me.

Christopher wrote:
Mind melds are ludicrous.
Telepathy is ludicrous? How so?

Christopher wrote:
Warp drive and tractor beams are ludicrous.
We'll see. NASA doesn't seem to think so. I'm a bit skeptical though, but what the hell do I know? I'm a different kind of engineer.

Christopher wrote:
But we willingly suspend disbelief about them for the sake of the story.
I can suspend my disbelief. But I can't suspend my ethical and moral standards.

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"All I'm saying is that we let nature make the choice."
Nature does not make choices. Nature is not a sentient entity. Cause and effect, infinite diversity in infinite combinations. That's all there is to it.
"Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines."
― Bertrand Russell

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