Erewhon Or Over the Range

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David Bogue, 1880 - Satire - 244 pages

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Page 57 - Just to think of it sets me shivering from the crown of my head to the soles of my feet.
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Page 163 - LET the day perish wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, " There is a man child conceived.
Page 189 - -to quote his own words " against the ultimate development of mechanical consciousness, in the fact of machines possessing little consciousness now. A mollusc has not much consciousness. Reflect upon the extraordinary advance which machines have made during the last few hundred years, and note how slowly the animal and vegetable kingdoms are advancing. The more highly organized machines are creatures not so much of yesterday, as of the last five minutes, so to speak, in comparison with past time.
Page 163 - For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest...
Page 194 - ... at present. No class of beings have in any time past made so rapid a movement forward. Should not that movement be jealously watched, and checked while we can still check it? And is it not necessary for this end to destroy the more advanced of the machines which are in use at present, though it is admitted that they are in themselves harmless? " As yet the machines receive their impressions through the agency of man's senses : one...
Page 198 - But the servant glides by imperceptible approaches into the master; and we have come to such a pass that, even now, man must suffer terribly on ceasing to benefit the machines.
Page 182 - ... extraordinary, while their study of Unreason rests upon its developing those faculties which are required for the daily conduct of affairs. Hence their professorships of Inconsistency and Evasion, in both of which studies the youths are examined before being allowed to proceed to their degree in hypothetics. The more earnest...
Page 189 - ... possessing little consciousness now. A mollusc has not much consciousness. Reflect upon the extraordinary advance which machines have made during the last few hundred years, and note how slowly the animal and vegetable kingdoms are advancing. The more highly organized machines are creatures not so much of yesterday as of the last five minutes, so to speak, in comparison with past time. Assume for the sake of argument that conscious beings have existed for some twenty million years: see what strides...
Page 119 - ... banks, or rather to the great mother bank of the city, sometimes, but not very often. He was a pillar of one of the other kind of banks, though he appeared to hold some minor office also in the musical ones. The ladies generally went alone; as indeed was the case in most families, except on State occasions. I had long wanted to know more of this Strange system, and had the greatest desire to accompany my hostess and her daughters. I had seen them go out almost every morning...

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