Episode 7

RE-L MAYER – 124C41+

Hugo Gernsback (1884-1967) is celebrated as the father of modern science fiction. His novel, Ralph 124C41+: A romance of the Year 2660, is considered to be the first pure work of science fiction. Some successful predictions from this novel include television, remote-control power transmission, televised phone and foods, artificial cloth, voiceprinting, tape recorders, and spaceflight. Its setting is a post-2000 utopian world, where technology reigns supreme and everything is productive, efficient, and relies heavily on science. The title itself is a play on words meaning “one to foresee for one.” the main character, Ralph 124C41+, was one of the greatest living scientists, and one of only ten men on the whole planet Earth permitted to use the plus sign after his name.

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Monad comes from the Greek word µovảç (from the word µỏvoç, which means “one”, “single”, “unique”). It is known as a symbol of God or totality in several philosophical circles, such as Monism, Pythagoreanism and Gnosticism. There, Monad appears as the spiritual source from which everything else emanates.

In Gottfried Leibnitz’s “Monadology”, eberything material that exists is comprised entirely of monads. Due to their specific nature, it is necessary that God oversee them and direct every action of every monad, otherwise the entire universe would fall apart.

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The term meme is a theoretical concept introduced in 1976 by Richard Dawkins. It refers to any unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice, idea or concept, which one mind transmits whether verbally or by demonstration, to another.

Different definitions of meme typically agree, albeit loosely, that a meme consists of some type of self-propagating unit of cultural evolution, and has an analogous resemblance to the gene (the unit of genetic information).

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One of the most popular translations of (Japanese characters… sorry D’x) is an English proverb which says, “One Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb.” The origin of this proverb lies in English law. Before 1820, the death penalty was given for a wide variety of crimes, including sheep stealing. Therefore, if you were going to steal a sheep, you might as well take a full-grown one rather than a lamb, since the penalty would be the same regardless.

 

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