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Inside

"Jimmy looked at Robutt, who was squeking again, a very low, slow squeak, that seemed frightened. Jimmy held out his arms and Robutt was in them in one bound. Jimmy said, 'What will the difference be between Robutt and the dog?' 'It's hard to explain,' said Mr. Anderson, 'but it will be easy to see. The dog will really love you. Robutt is just adjusted to act as though it loves you.' 'But, Dad, we don't know what's inside the dog, or what his feelings are. Maybe it's just acting, too.'" A Boy's Best Friend, Isaac Asimov

Zeitliche Labyrinthe

"I tend to be always thinking of time, not of space. When I hear the words "time" and "space" used together, I feel as Nietzsche felt when he heard people talking about Goethe and Schiller—a kind of blasphemy. I think that the central riddle, the central problem of metaphysics—let us call it thinking—is time, not space. Space is one of the many things to be found inside of time—as you find, for example, color or shapes or sizes or feelings. But I think the real problem, the problem we have to grapple with, and of course the problem whose solution we'll never find, is the problem of time, of sucessive time, and, therein, the problem of personal identity, which is but part of the problem of time" Conversations,Jorge Luis Borges

Identity

"'Who are you?' said the Caterpillar.This was not an encouraging opening for a conversation. Alice replied, rather shyly, 'I--I hardly know, sir, just at present-- at least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then.''What do you mean by that?' Said the Caterpillar sternly. 'Explain yourself!''I can't explain myself, I'm afraid, sir' said Alice, 'because I'm not myself, you see.''I don't see,' said the Caterpillar.“Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Viva la Vida

"Certain things interest me because they are eternal. One always has to fight evil in all its forms. It is important to fight even when the outcome is uncertain" Fritz Lang