By Peter Swirski
A chain of interviews and important dialogues with the past due Stanislaw Lem whose writings were translated into over forty languages and feature bought over 35 million copies. if you happen to in basic terms recognize him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a superb advent to Lem's philosophy, medical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social concept, whereas final completely obtainable to readers strange with any of his works.
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Can we sacrifice uniqueness and individuality -- both in the arts and the sciences -- at the altar of functional efficiency? On the other hand, individuality in art is a persistent romantic myth; the aim of an artist is precisely to "entice" the society to think and experience in terms of his creation. Artistic novelty often leads to a cult following which precisely robs the participating/spectating individuals of their personal input into the culture. Lem: Let me summarize all this with the following concept: anthood.
And off we go in search of the mechanism. If you look at my works, the search for unknown mysterious mechanisms is a predominant part of what I write about. In general, both my fiction and nonfiction suggest that we can indeed travel quite far on the road to knowledge, but that in place of the questions for which we find answers, others, like flowers, will spring up along the way. And this is the way it is always going to be. I remember a book I read way back when I was a young research assistant; I think the title was something like Science's Endless Horizon.
Nothing like that can happen to the computer since the machine is not capable of amassing experience, being thus, in comparison with children, completely stupid. In an analogical way, my whole philosophical stance when I write fiction is also completely instinctive (I am speaking here exclusively of my fictions, and not essays or nonfictional studies like Summa). In the human activities of the rational, instrumental, technological, mercantile, or medicinal kind, the highest court of appeal is always a given collection of professional information that every specialist must defer to.
A Stanislaw Lem Reader by Peter Swirski