Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ecology, not Economics

In one of Philip K. Dick's short stories ("The Preserving Machine," collected in book form 1969), someone invents a machine that turns musical works into animals and bugs. His intention is to give the musical works the ability to preserve themselves, thereby ensuring their survival should civilization end and all the sheet music and recordings perish. Of course, once the creatures are released, they begin change and evolve: some become feral and vicious, one kills and devours another, and so on - and when the inventor recaptures one of the animals and turns it back into music, he finds it has become all but unrecognizable - a new thing. The song, released into the real world, has become its own creature, unpredictable and beyond its creator's control.

Property, my Aunt Barbara. This is a metaphor I can get behind.


At 5:43 PM, Blogger Murky Thoughts said...

It's kinda the same idea as memes/religion-is-a-virus, which people talk about having been conceived by Dennet or Dawkins, I can never remember first. Maybe Dick was first though? In any case, something weird is going on with people with last names that begin with a D. Just to continue with my no-holds-barred campaign to promote my self while insinuating that every good idea you've had I've had better thoughts about before you, here are my own longwinded metaphorical thoughts along these lines.


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