By Richard Powers
After numerous years out of the country, novelist Richard Powers -- the fictitious protagonist of the tale -- returns to the USA and accepts the placement of Humanist-in-Residence on the huge, immense and prestigious heart for the examine of complex Sciences. There, he meets Philip Lentz, an outspoken neurologist motive on making a version of the human mind with computer-based neural networks, and jointly they embark on an outlandishly formidable undertaking -- to educate the neural web English literature in order that it may move a tricky master's exam.
As their scan progresses, their brain-child absorbs progressively more info, progressively turning into more and more worldly. quickly, it calls for to grasp its identify, intercourse, race and reason behind current. in the meantime, this literary crash path sparks in Powers a parallel awakening, and he starts a reconsideration of his selected occupation, his decade-long, failed dating with a former scholar and his obsession with the master's candidate opposed to whom his cybernetic scholar is slated to compete.
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28 BangYourHead_FINAL 8/14/06 11:56 AM Page 29 CHAPTER three Pittsburgh on $25 a Day During the time I worked for the Burlington Recreation Department, the city was opening up a lot of public pools, because Lake Ontario was getting too polluted for swimming. There was a group of lifeguards — me, Rusty and some of his water-polo buddies — who would go around to the pool openings and do a little clown act to entertain the people. This was when I started to develop a sense of showmanship. With the confidence and self-esteem I had built up during my weight-training years, a sense of humor and a desire to get people’s attention was beginning to emerge in my personality.
Going on long trips wasn’t a thing ordinary people did back then. My love of travel eventually influenced my decision to become a pro wrestler, because it was a career that would allow me to go on the road. The first trip I took was at age , with my old golfing buddy Joe Cheesman. We stopped in Lexington, Kentucky, to see the Man of War Cemetery, 23 BangYourHead_FINAL 8/14/06 11:56 AM Page 24 BANG YOUR HEAD Calumet Farms, the underground caves, and the race tracks, then went on to Little Rock, Arkansas because we wanted to see the school integration that was going on.
Like I said before, my mother taught me to never tell lies or steal. And I was their top salesman, recently promoted to Special Accounts. Even thought this wasn’t really a criminal act on my part — because I didn’t really know anything about it, I was just holding the machines — the manager had no alternative but to let me go. I learned a lesson from that. Those guys had tried to use me, and I didn’t trust my own judgment enough to say no. But after I found out I could still be held responsible even if I didn’t know they were doing something wrong, I certainly never did anything like that again.