Gonorway.

“Did you ever go to a place … I think it was called Norway?” “No,” said Arthur, “no, I didn’t.” “Pity,” said Slartibartfast, “that was one of mine. Won an award, you know. Lovely crinkly edges. I was most upset to hear of its destruction.”

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Communderstanding.

“What am I to you?” he said, turning to look at the lake, his nostrils flaring. “You’re my boyfriend,” I said, rising to a kneel and wrapping my arms around him from behind. “For now,” he said, stiffening at my touch. “Until you find somebody at your fancy college who doesn’t have trouble understanding movies and gets the weird books you like.” “Grant,” I said, kissing the back of his neck. “I like you, all right?” “But you don’t think I can understand you,” he said.

Meredith Russo: If I Was Your Girl

Mindestabverstand.

I wanted to tell her I understood, but part of understanding was knowing that telling her that would only make her nervous.

Meredith Russo: If I Was Your Girl

Redenken.

And then whenever I stop and think — why did I want to do something? — how did I work out how to do it? — I get a very strong desire just to stop thinking about it. Like I have now. It’s a big effort to talk about it.

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Not only in the morning.

But that’s not me. By definition, you can’t experience your own death. Death is the end of consciousness. And consciousness persists. In the language of physics, consciousness is conserved.

I am the one who wakes up in the morning.

Always.

Every morning.

I don’t die.

I just become increasingly unlikely.

Robert Charles Wilson: Divided by Infinity

Geweltheit.

I had ceased to be curious about other people’s lives, much less other worlds.

Robert Charles Wilson: Divided by Infinity

Knowing Why Knowing.

The major difference is in the world, not the arguments. In a time where actual conspiracies are commonplace, conspiracy theories acquire a ring of plausibility.

[...]

We have always had disagreements about what’s true, but today, we have a disagreement over how we know whether something is true. This is an epistemological crisis, not a crisis over belief.

Cory Doctorow: How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism

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