By Stanislaw Lem
By turns philosophical, satirical, and absurd, Lem's tales keep on with Ijon's adventures as either an observer of--and player in--strange experiments. defective time machines, clever washing machines, suicidal potatoes--Ijon Tichy navigates all of them with logic and in so doing exhibits why he endures as considered one of Lem's hottest characters.
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Yet let's bypass this trivial point of the matter. You acknowledged 'communicate with the skin global. ' whether this soul made touch with the outer international just once each hundred years, then after a thousand million centuries, with the intention to include the thoughts of these contacts, it's going to need to develop to the dimensions of a continent. . . and after one trillion years, even the amount of Earth wouldn't suffice. yet what's one thousand billion years in comparison with eternity? even though, it was once now not that technical hassle that held me again, however the mental effects. you notice, the considering character, the human psyche, might dissolve in that ocean of reminiscence as a drop of blood within the sea, and what might turn into of assured immortality then. . . ? " "What? " I stammered. "So you declare. . . you assert. . . there is a whole severance. . . " "Naturally. Did I say that the field contained the entire individual? i used to be conversing purely of the soul. think that from this moment on you cease receiving information from the surface, that your mind is faraway from your physique yet maintains to exist with all its important powers intact. you'll be blind and deaf, after all, and paralyzed, in a feeling, since you will own no physique, yet you'll preserve your internal imaginative and prescient, I suggest your clearness of brain and mind's eye; it is possible for you to to imagine freely, enhance and form your fantasies, adventure desire, sorrow, the enjoyment derived from the play of passing psychological states. this can be accurately what has been given to the soul I position in your table. " "Horrible," I stated. "To be blind, deaf, and paralyzed. . . for a long time. " "For eternity," he corrected me. "I have acknowledged every thing; there's just one factor so as to add. The medium is a crystal, a kind of crystal that doesn't happen in nature, an self reliant substance that doesn't input into any chemical or actual bonds. Its ceaselessly vibrating molecules include the soul, which feels and thinks. " "Monster," I acknowledged quietly. "Do you appreciate what you might have performed? yet wait" -- I felt a surprising reduction -- "human cognizance can't be reproduced. in case your spouse lives, walks, and thinks, this crystal comprises, at so much, a replica of her, and isn't the genuine --" "Yes," spoke back Decantor, squinting on the white package deal, "you are thoroughly correct. it really is very unlikely to create the soul of a dwelling individual. that might be nonsense, a paradoxical absurdity. He who exists evidently exists just once. Continuation may be learned merely for the time being of loss of life. however the technique of identifying the best neurological trend of the individual whose soul I produce destroys, at least, the dwelling mind. " "You. . . you killed your spouse? " "I gave her everlasting existence. " He drew himself up. "But that has not anything to do with the topic lower than dialogue. it's a topic, in the event you like, among my spouse" -- he indicated the package deal -- "and me, and the legislation. we're conversing approximately whatever altogether various. " For your time i used to be speechless. I reached out and touched the package deal with my fingertips; it used to be wrapped in thick paper and was once particularly heavy, as though containing lead. "All right," I stated.