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Blindsight de Peter Watts
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Blindsight (edició 2006)

de Peter Watts (Autor)

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Two months since the stars fell... Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown. Two months of silence, while a world holds its breath. Now some half-derelict space probe, sparking fitfully past Neptune's orbit, hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something closer, somethingen route. So who do you send to force introductions on an intelligence with motives unknown, maybe unknowable? Who do you send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet? You send a linguist with multiple personalities, her brain surgically partitioned into separate, sentient processing cores. You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultrasound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. You send a pacifist warrior in the faint hope she won't be needed, and the fainter one she'll do any good if she is. You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once calledvampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. And you send asynthesist--an informational topologist with half his mind gone--as an interface betweenhereandthere, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge. You send them all to the edge of interstellar space, praying you can trust such freaks and retrofits with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find. But you'd give anything for that to be true, if you only knew what was waiting for them...… (més)
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Títol:Blindsight
Autors:Peter Watts (Autor)
Informació:Tor Books (2006), Edition: First Edition, 384 pages
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Blindsight de Peter Watts

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I didn't hate the book, but I didn't love it. There was nothing about the characters that made me care about them. I didn't like them, but I also didn't hate them . Reading the book was like reading a report from someone observing a mission. Which of course since it was written thru Siri perspective makes sense. It makes sense, but it doesn't make it a good book. The good part of the book is it ask a lot of questions about what makes us human. What is intelligence and how is that determine. If you like hard-science fi you may like this book, but I don't think I am going to be looking for another book by Peter Watts ( )
  klrabbit58 | May 3, 2021 |
Far and away the best thing I've read this year. The various explorations of personality, fractured and whole as well as the ideas of what it means to be alien versus human lite up my imagination in all kinds of ways. Fantastic read. ( )
  frfeni | Jan 31, 2021 |
This book was a head trip. Mostly in a good way--I enjoy books that are poetic and nonlinear. The science was hard, but luckily I was already aware of a lot of the neuroscience referenced so it didn't confuse me.

I liked getting a lot of backstory on the main character, and a bit on the others as well. The flashbacks were good, and the whole idea of a main character who's missing half his brain and isn't naturally empathetic was interesting to me.

That said, there were a lot of things I didn't like. For instance, in the flashbacks, the MC's parents have a conflict-filled relationship, in which the father is avoidant and the mother anxiously seeking attachment, but the father is excused and the mother condemned in the narration. It wasn't always clear if this was a bias of the narrator or of the author, but I did find it disturbing to read a man excused for never interacting with his family, while a woman is condemned for . . . caring? It was strange. In one scene, the father chokes the mother for feeding Siri "empathy pills," and we are told that Siri (who is a flawless reader of body language) recognizes her expression as "triumph." Like, what? She's actively being abused but we are still forced to see her as manipulative, while the father is the brave hero defending his son. So either Siri is a much more unreliable narrator than we thought, or this is just abuse apology.

Also, the entire thesis of the book is that consciousness is a bad thing, that we'd be more fit as a species without it. And I don't feel it was proved at all, in part because it's not entirely clear how exactly consciousness is defined. Is it just introspection? In places in the text, it's connected with empathy, but obviously one can have empathy without being aware of it, just like we can have any other skill without being aware of it.

By connecting consciousness with empathy, Watts shoots his thesis in the foot. Because if there is no empathy without consciousness, then we have to argue that empathy itself is evolutionarily unfit, and . . . it's not, at all? It helps groups to understand each other and develop win/win solutions. Without the ability to introspect about our own behavior, to make better guesses about the motives of other beings, we'd pretty much be doomed to never creating civilization at all. Heck, a character toward the end actually seems to affirm this, when Sarasti attacks Siri in order to make him like normal people (I assume, conscious/empathetic) because he will be more convincing back on Earth if he is. If there is *ever* a time when consciousness is a useful thing to have, even a vital thing to have, that implies it isn't the harmful epiphenomenon we are told it is.

The ending is also ambiguous and confusing. I'm not sure what happened to the aliens or why. That's . . . kind of important?

So, four stars for being well-written and interesting, minus one star for being flat-out wrong. ( )
1 vota jennelikejennay | Dec 31, 2020 |
I guess this was never going to live up to the hype. I probably would have liked it more going in blind. I feel greedy saying so, but incredible ideas and worldbuilding aren't enough to carry a book for me (any more?).

Some of the ideas in here are pretty interesting--just not as mind-blowing as I was led to expect. They're certainly better than the prose and the dialogue, which were (imo) serviceable at best, juvenile at worst. ( )
  dwarvensphere | Dec 13, 2020 |
This is a shining example of hard sci-fi. My overall criticism of the genre is always that the science is not really science, but this book gets super close to having believeable science. It is chock full of amazing sciency-stuff, which is why it is so cool. It's ideas of consciousness are fairly groundbreaking, and the end section really gets to my nerd sensitivities. However, this book falls apart with its writing clarity completely, as many key examples of the science Watts must have worked so hard to think up are just very difficult to decipher. I also don't like the full nerd boner that Watt's has for himself. He could back off the pretentiousness slightly.

Despite giving this book a 4, of course it is still one of my favorite books just for its amazingly originial take on consciousness and what unconscious beings would be like. ( )
  4dahalibut | Dec 13, 2020 |
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Two months since the stars fell... Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere burned them to ash. Two months since that moment of brief, bright surveillance by agents unknown. Two months of silence, while a world holds its breath. Now some half-derelict space probe, sparking fitfully past Neptune's orbit, hears a whisper from the edge of the solar system: a faint signal sweeping the cosmos like a lighthouse beam. Whatever's out there isn't talking to us. It's talking to some distant star, perhaps. Or perhaps to something closer, somethingen route. So who do you send to force introductions on an intelligence with motives unknown, maybe unknowable? Who do you send to meet the alien when the alien doesn't want to meet? You send a linguist with multiple personalities, her brain surgically partitioned into separate, sentient processing cores. You send a biologist so radically interfaced with machinery that he sees x-rays and tastes ultrasound, so compromised by grafts and splices he no longer feels his own flesh. You send a pacifist warrior in the faint hope she won't be needed, and the fainter one she'll do any good if she is. You send a monster to command them all, an extinct hominid predator once calledvampire, recalled from the grave with the voodoo of recombinant genetics and the blood of sociopaths. And you send asynthesist--an informational topologist with half his mind gone--as an interface betweenhereandthere, a conduit through which the Dead Center might hope to understand the Bleeding Edge. You send them all to the edge of interstellar space, praying you can trust such freaks and retrofits with the fate of a world. You fear they may be more alien than the thing they've been sent to find. But you'd give anything for that to be true, if you only knew what was waiting for them...

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