Comment of the Day: The Dreamwork of Humanity: "'The Minds have run a billion simulations of...:
...every course of action (and are the programs inside their simulations self-aware? Horrible thought!)"
"In a dawn without birds, the wizard saw the concentric fire licking the walls. For a moment, he thought of taking refuge in the water, but then he understood that death was coming to crown his old age and absolve him from his labors. He walked toward the sheets of flame. They did not bite his flesh, they caressed him and flooded him without heat or combustion. With relief, with humiliation, with terror, he understood that he also was an illusion, that someone else was dreaming him." --Jorge Luis Borges, "The Circular Ruins"
Slippery things, those dreams, and they don't always leave the distributed anthology organism-intelligence more sane than it was before...