By Marcel Proust
"Françoise de Breyves tvekade länge den kvällen innan hon kunde bestämma om hon skulle gå until eventually soarén som gavs av Elisabeth A., until eventually Operan eller until eventually familjen Livrays komedi."
Prousts länge förbisedda novellistik rymmer en intensitet, ett allvar, en poetisk begåvning, en livserfarenhet och en psykologisk skarpblick, som är ytterst sällsynta. Även människorna i den slutna aristokratiska krets, varifrån han hämtar sina motiv, längtar, plågas, njuter, hoppas och förtvivlar, så som människor i alla tider gjort.
Marcel Proust (1871-1922) föddes i Auteuil och växte upp i en förnäm, borgerlig miljö. Han studerade juridik och filosofi, reste en hel del och umgicks i de intellektuella och aristokratiska salongerna i Paris. 1906 tvang honom hans dåliga hälsa att dra sig tillbaka, och slutet av sitt liv ägnade han helt åt den stora romancykeln På spaning efter den tid som flytt.
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Instead, He created the process of natural selection, and then let that process produce our moral values to His satisfaction. It is clear that our desires for food and sex are base instincts driven by natural selection. Our very existence and our access to land and other resources that we need are all a direct result of many quite vicious battles won by our long-forgotten ancestors. However, people are much more than greedy self serving organisms. We pursue art and beauty, and help others often at expense to ourselves.
In this way scientists are creating new forms of life that have never previously existed. It seems clear that the miracle of life can be understood as the result of large numbers of complex chemical reactions that obey well-defined laws of physics. There is little doubt that creating life ab initio is possible, it is just a matter of gaining a better understanding of the biochemical processes that are involved. Or do they result from some vital force that only a human brain can possess? More specifically, would it ever be possible to build an artificial computer that could really think?
Politicians are already beginning to use semi-intelligent systems to analyze policy decisions. ) Why build a dangerous AGI? Perhaps more importantly because of the huge disadvantage that would be suffered if one’s competitors had such a machine first. An intelligent machine could automate most dreary labour performed by man. Major medical advances would be assisted or produced by intelligent machines providing cures for the diseases of old age. Intelligent machines would produce more and better military weapons.
Noveller by Marcel Proust