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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later.Support Elizabeth on Patreon.

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  1. Christopher Brown
    March 16, 2020 @ 3:25 pm

    A Two Sandifers story at this point would likely be as violent and off-putting as the actual Two Doctors.

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    • Prandeamus
      March 20, 2020 @ 6:03 pm

      I am finding the constant belittling of Sandifer (P) by Sandifer (E) tremendously unsettling. I realise/assume it’s an intentional ploy, but it’s working almost too well.

      It feels like world hit the eschaton this week; it’s certainly feeling like it.

      I look forward to a time when ES will be able to speak with some the optimism of the late PS. Yes, I know it’s at least partially a literary device. At least I sincerely hope so.

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  2. Austin George Loomis
    March 16, 2020 @ 9:52 pm

    “I have wondered before now whether the vast astronomical distances may not be God’s quarantine precautions. They prevent the spiritual infection of a fallen species from spreading.”
    — C.S. Lewis, The World’s Last Night

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  3. Przemek
    March 17, 2020 @ 3:26 pm

    One of my favourite essays of the Dalek Eruditorum. Thank you.

    “the secret of human creativity is inefficiency. The human brain is a very poor computer indeed. It makes illogical guesses which turn out to be more logical than logic itself.”

    This almost sounds like the story is trying to say “intuition/imagination” (another stock human trait that supposedly makes us better than computers), but instead it says something way more interesting.

    I wonder what BOSS means by “logic”. Perhaps it’s just “efficiency”? After all, human brains can supposedly surpass computers by coming up with solutions that can’t be reached using pure logic. This, in turn, means that humans are more likely to come up with new ways of maximizing profits. BOSS’ praise of “guesses more logical then logic itself” almost sounds like he realized that allowing humans to sometimes be inefficient increases their creativity and thus actually increases overal efficiency. Which is exactly what capitalism realized at some point – that’s one of the main reasons Google employees are allowed to play Guitar Hero or build LEGO robots at work.

    Also, I think it’s important that when confronted with a paradox, BOSS doesn’t burst into flames (which is the typical use of this trope) but is instead occupied for a while, trying to find a solution – and then, when we see it again, it’s proceeding with its plans, having apparently snapped out of it. Which feels a bit more human than you give it credit for.

    “And the truth is, there is no TARDIS. Nor are there spaceships, or anything else waiting to take us off of the planet.”

    A very good point. In “The Future Starts Here”, John Higgs proposes a thought experiment: imagine living in an underwater city for the rest of your life. Even if you had every luxury at your disposal, wouldn’t you still feel trapped and miss being outside? In his opinion, most people would. And if so, why are we even considering colonizing Mars which would be just as uncomfortable, only way more difficult and way more expensive, instead of caring for Earth?

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  5. wings io
    March 25, 2020 @ 5:58 am

    This, however, is veering dangerously into Philip Sandifer territory. Let’s not get too wrapped up in supernatural implications

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  6. Kate Orman
    April 10, 2020 @ 12:05 am

    “It’s magical thinking—a desperate clutch based not on principle but on a frenzied insistence that humanity must be better than computers and therefore that any trait humanity has must be valuable.” That is fantastic. It makes sense of a huge amount of SF from my lifetime.

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