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Thu, Mar. 3rd, 2005, 05:45 pm
Random Story Idea

So I've been pondering, on-and-off, doing some more fiction writing - though given the amount of academic writing (and script-writing, for some reason) that I'm doing these days I have no idea when I'm going to have time. Still, I ran across something in my cognition textbook that I'd like to use in a story someday. Evidently we're only able to perceive things when they fall in different places in the retina (usually due to our eye movement). If somehow the object is kept still with regard to the retina, it disappears and cannot be perceived. This sounds to me like a plot point, or maybe a technology base, in some kind of sci-fi story. Of course, I'm going to want to write the one about theotechnology first . . . .

Thu, Mar. 3rd, 2005 11:35 pm (UTC)

The whole eye thing is related to movement. We are designed to recognize moving objects before static objects. Hence, the ability for neato optical illusions and stuff.

I would love to read a story you wrote about theotechnology. One that makes it fundamental christianity might be hysterically funny to boot.

Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)

Yup - I've been reading all about the biology behind that, which is kind of neat. Cognition class is teh good.

As far as the theotechnology story, it's not meant to be comic, except incidentally. We look at technology in a certain way - instrumentally, one might say. I'm interested in exploring what happens to a culture in which theology comes to be regarded the same way. (Yes, this is inspired by reading about Roman religion, except I think it gets even more interesting if the theotechnology works.)

Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)

Hey, I'd love to hear your ideas about fictional theotechnology sometime. Science/religion is a big hobby of mine, and I've got a lot of really interesting books on the subject if you're interested.

Also, I'm going to go ahead and disagree with boffo - I've ceased to be impressed with making fun of fundamentalist Christians. First of all, it's almost too easy to do, and secondly it's extremely overdone. I can't tell you the number of times I've seen various performance groups make fun of pentecostal culture in the last few months (actually I can - seven).

Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005 03:48 am (UTC)

The only thing I feel the need to make fun of is the Left Behind series. While I feel like I need to be reading them in order to understand why certain things in this country are happening, they are so seriously awful I cannot even describe their awfulness. Does that count? Because, you know, they really are unintentionally funny in the way that someone taking their shirt off at a wedding is funny - that kind of "oh my god, did they really just do that?" giggle. It's not just the writing (though the writing is apocalyptically bad). It's the theology behind it that both horrifies and fascinates me.

I'm not sure if that counts in your "making fun of fundamentalist Christians" category, though.

Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)

I second the exception for "Left Behind" and add a nomination for Creationism. I've been reading way too much creationist drek recently, and the only reaction other than crying is to laugh.


Fri, Mar. 4th, 2005 04:53 am (UTC)

Theotechnology sounds awesome.