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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.
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