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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 offered over 35 million copies. when you purely understand him as a novelist, A Stanislaw Lem Reader is a superb advent to Lem's philosophy, medical hypothesis, literary feedback, and social thought, whereas ultimate completely obtainable to readers strange with any of his works.

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Logically, of course, one cannot prove anything in this matter. We can neither prove that solipsism is false, nor, for that matter, disprove that the world was created only seconds ago, together with human beings who had everything preprogrammed in their heads in such a way that subjectively they feel as if everything had been there before: the world, themselves, and history. Russell's thought experiment went like this: Imagine I walk up to a shelf in my library, take out the sonnets by Shakespeare, and read them.

To construct a phantomatic imitation of sexual intercourse is really to engineer a form of onanism, which is much easier to achieve than to create a program with sufficient intellectual powers to think and discourse like Einstein. This feat lies still maybe a hundred years in the future, even though I would not want to commit myself here to any specific dates, since predictions are really difficult to make in this area. Anyway, it is clear that the degree of difficulty is quite different in either case.

Swirski: Given all this past industry, it is all the more surprising that nobody has tried to utilize the enormous powers of the solaristic ocean. Lem: What you are saying is very much to the point. The Earth is twelve thousand kilometers in diameter. Take a very big apple of a diameter of twelve centimeters, which will make it the equivalent of a scale of 1:10,000,000. The Earth's crust, that is, its lithosphere -- the hard shell on which we live -- is more or less equivalent in thickness to the skin on the apple; all the rest is the other "spheres," buried underneath.

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