Epistemic paranoia

It came out when I was a kid and I didn’t see it but instead had to hear about it from all those kids who got into the R movies.  But now I finally saw Cronenberg’s Videodrome.  Coming on the heels of reading a lot of PKD, and then Skillingstead’s very fine Life on the Preservation, I conclude that the secondary mood of science fiction (the primary mood being wonder) is epistemic paranoia.

VdromePosterOnly science fiction takes as a theme that we may be systematically, catastrophically in error.  Descartes proposed radical doubt as a tool.  Much science fiction proposes radical doubt as a terrifying state of being.

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