Phil K Dick's Essay from 1978 How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later on the nature of time, reality and everything. But mostly about Kosmic Koincidence Kontrol.

Was Phil Dick made mad by seeing to much truth? Or did he just get sucked into that thought vortex that happens at about 2am on a combination of weed and alcohol? That Star Wars moment from the film "Human Traffic".

The bit that really tickled me was the story about the German translation of Ubik. Phil was writing about the meaning of the Logos and quoted the (St James Authorised) biblical verse "I am the Word". The German translator missed the source and translated this as "I Am The Brand Name" As Phil says, Had he translated the Gospel according to Saint John, I suppose it would have come out as:

When all things began, the brand name already was. The brand name dwelt with God, and what God was, the brand name was.

Now there's an idea to waste a few hours meditating on.

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