Blindsight Quotes.

1. "Stars, everywhere. So many stars that I could not for the life me understand how the sky could contain them all yet be so black."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

2. "Evolution has no foresight. Complex machinery develops its own agendas. Brains — cheat. Feedback loops evolve to promote stable heartbeats and then stumble upon the temptation of rhythm and music. The rush evoked by fractal imagery, the algorithms used for habitat selection, metastasize into art. Thrills that once had to be earned in increments of fitness can now be had from pointless introspection. Aesthetics rise unbidden from a trillion dopamine receptors, and the system moves beyond modeling the organism. It begins to model the very process of modeling. It consumes evermore computational resources, bogs itself down with endless recursion and irrelevant simulations. Like the parasitic DNA that accretes in every natural genome, it persists and proliferates and produces nothing but itself. Metaprocesses bloom like cancer, and awaken, and call themselves I."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

3. "This is how you communicate with a fellow intelligence: You hurt it, you keep on hurting it, until you can distinguish the speech from the screams."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

4. "I brought her flowers one dusky Tuesday evening when the light was perfect. I pointed out the irony of that romantic old tradition— the severed genitalia of another species, offered as a precopulatory bribe—and then I recited my story just as we were about to fuck. To this day, I still don't know what went wrong."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

5. "People aren't rational. We're not thinking machines, we're - we're feeling machines that happen to think."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

6. "There's no such things as survival of the fittest. Survival of the most adequate, maybe. It doesn't matter whether a solution's optimal. All that matters is whether it beats the alternative."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

7. "Every concert pianist knows that the surest way to ruin a performance is to be aware of what the fingers are doing. Every dancer and acrobat knows enough to let the mind go, let the body run itself. Every driver of a manual vehicle arrives at destinations with no recollection of the stops and turns and roads traveled in getting there. You are all sleepwalkers, whether climbing creative peaks or slogging through some mundane routine for the thousandth time. You are all sleepwalkers."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

8. "Brains are survival engines, not truth detectors."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

9. "I really wanted to talk to her. I just couldn't find an algorithm that fit."
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

10. "How do you say 'We come in peace' when the very words are an act of war?"
- Peter Watts, Blindsight

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