„You seem to be using some sort of logical system where when you get near any explanation, you say: “By definition my problem is insoluble. Now that explanation over there would solve it. But since I’ve defined my problem as insoluble, then by definition that solution doesn’t apply.”“

—  Samuel Delany, livro Triton

Fonte: Triton (1976), Chapter 3 “Avoiding Kangaroos” (p. 123)

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