A Dutch novel about memory. It takes the notion that the ARC gene is connected to brain plasticity and has virus-like properties, and turns it into not just an old retrovirus that gave us memory, but also a still existing virus that can carry information and memories between organisms. A US neuroscientist goes to India and gains insight, and ends up in Amsterdam in a coma. Very enjoyable book. The contour of Osinga’s fascination with the idea and topic stood out to me throughout most of the book, making me an observer of the story rather than being ‘in it’, but the ending made up well for it.
Some links I thought worth reading the past few days
- Bought the book. Experienced how it looked from inside the region after MH17: The Road to Unfreedom by Timothy Snyder review – chilling and unignorable
- Straight out of Doctorow’s Walkaway, drones as counter measures: Criminal Gang Swarmed FBI With Drones
- “The very act of constructing an archive is a form of power,” says Cairo-based writer Amir-Hussein Radjy (ht Gerrit Eicker): Information ephemerality, and our lack of a model for noncorporate control of digital information
- What’s a fish to do when the water it swims in might change to another liquid?: Mark Bernstein and Dave Winer are Dependent Developers
- Signal circumvents blocking in Egypt and Iran by domainfronting. Google and Amazon aren’t having it: No more routing around internet damage