SciFi Question of the Day: If one condition of advancement was to share an office with your predecessor’s still-living and communicating brain encased in a bell jar, would you accept the promotion?
Daniel Beard it depends, do they get to do my performance review?
AmyBeth Fredricksen Yes.
Brian Covault Is it likely pre-decessor who I’m replacing and will be doing my performance review is not happy that I’m replacing them?
AmyBeth Fredricksen Nah… he died of bacon-overdose. Totally his own fault. But his contract says that his brain gets to remain involved in the company for “the foreseeable future.”
Daniel Beard ok, so no tapping on the jar. yeah, probably.
Jim Smith You scare me.
Brian Covault On the plus side, your new co-worker would make a good conversation piece.
Pony Horton Only if he was Hans Delbrück, scientist and saint.
James Lucius Hook his feed up to a computer and feed him a manufactured reality. He’d be out of your hair and never figure it out. (With credit to cartoonist Ruben Bolling for the idea!)
AmyBeth Fredricksen …and the TNG episode where they did that to Moriarty…
Gaul Stone Only one jar for the bosses brain and my prized collection of zombie brain eating piranhas – oh well i’m sure they will get along together swimmingly 😛
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Brent Stires substantial advancement?
James Drury only if I could eat it with my nachos.
James Stanley Heck yeah.
Tiffany Marshall Is there a pay increase?
Becky Cox Hum…. I kinda like my space sometimes, but probably would accept the promo, just bring along earplugs.
AmyBeth Inverness More power/responsibility/prestige and… yes… more pay. But the brain likes to listen to 1900’s show tunes…
Tiffany Marshall I’m fine with the brain in my office as long as I get at least a 10% pay raise. It’s better than having the opposite (sharing the office with a brainless body.)
Andy Brokaw Did I like the person before they died? Because I think that might make a difference.
David Foster Can I put some goldfish in with the brain?
AmyBeth Inverness +Andy Brokaw : Well, in the short story I’m writing, the brain in the jar is George Senior, who founded the Intergalactic Meat empire. The guy who has to share an office with the brain is his son, George Junior.
Andy Brokaw I love my dad and all, but I don’t think I’d want to share an office with him regardless of whether he had a body or not.
Christopher Clark do the Jars have a volume control Nob? am i required to take their input? is it just the one jar or a collection of everyone who had the job Before me?
AmyBeth Inverness Yes, they have a volume control, but the brain controls it.
Christopher Clark deal breaker, i look for a different job
AmyBeth Inverness …and on a related note…
SciFi Question of the Day follow-up: What substance could be used as a preservative, but is poisonous to humans?
Becky Cox Formaldehyde?…
Christopher Clark everything in high enough concentration would be Poisonous. Arsenic is used to preserve wood. Lye is used in Lutefisk, that nordic fish.
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