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Prophecy and identity

May 13, 2011

I found Isiah Lavender III’s article interesting… anyway, in it, he also wrote that:

Prophecy participates in ethnicity formation because it provides groups with the sense of a shared past through images and leaves the future open.”

(my emphasis, p448, Isiah Lavender III ‘Technicity: AI and Cyborg Ethnicity in The Matrix‘ Extrapolation; Winter 2004: 45,4, pp437-458)

I couldn’t help thinking of books like The Halfmen of O (and numerous others of course).  How does prophecy work to set the boundaries between good and evil in such books? 

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