Subject: RE: (urth) Marble on NPR Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 15:52:05 -0700 From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes"
Crush wrote... > The easiest and most coherent explanation of what happens=20 > with Marble and Rose is exactly as you describe, that some > of the attributes/personality of Rose came over with her > parts when Marble scavenged them.=20 Agreement: I understand/understood this* as based on the holographic model of memory. In this model, we postulate=20 memories as stored not in a specific "location" but=20 distributed, like the information which constitutes a=20 hologram, throughout the host's neural net/nervous system. ----- * I mean understanding in the scientific/scientifictional sense of "finding a rational/rationalizing explanation=20 for"; with the Books of the Foo Sun, we also have to allow=20 for at least the possibility of a "mystical" and/or=20 "spiritual" explanation, too. ----- Thus, with a bit of hokey-pokey and handwaving, we say=20 that Rose's "parts," connected for so long to her nervous system, participate in the holographic storage of her memory. When removed from her body and attached to Marble's, they=20 carry that holographic store of memory with them, like the pieces of a cut-up hologram that still show the "whole"=20 picture (albeit with blurred detail: see also Samuel R. Delany's stories "High Weir" and "Time Considered as a=20 Semi-Precious Stone").=20 I expect that, yes, Rorble/Mase does undergo a great deal of confusion, leading to the comments you cite. Later, she makes comments about how she had not fully "integrated" Rose's=20 memories. The Morsle/Rabe case also sets up (though I do not think=20 it "foreshadows" in the sense that Wolfe probably did not have the plot of SS in mind when he created this particular situation) the confusing state of the Narrator of SS. I can't help wondering, though, whether Wolfe intended a sly tribute to William Gibson in this. After all, I think it reasonable to refer to the memories that Marble receives from her beneficiary as "Fragments of a Hologram Rose." Scurrying _very_ quickly under the sink, --Blattid --