Quite possibly my dream headline.
Here are some snippets of Matthew Maxwell’s coverage of a panel at the Dan Diego comics convention featuring Grant Morrison.
“Of course, all this tied into the concept of emergence. Briefly stated, once a series of rules/concepts/organisms gets sufficiently complicated, a larger pattern emerges out of the whole. This is the concept behind smart mobs and beehives alike. Theres a single mind in a hive, but you couldnt find it in an individual bee. As an aside, thats the best way I can describe it; if you want more, seriously, Google emergence and prepare to be overwhelmed.”
“He went on to talk about The Filth as sort of a vaccine against the very things that the book is about. The Hand is kind of a defense mechanism/antibody for the psyche of the human race, with each of its divisions being modeled after a particular part of the immune system. Continuing, he described how each body is made up of billions of cells, but in and around all of those cells are some ten times that number in bacteria/viruses/other organisms and how they could be an emergent intelligence in and of themselves. Follow this line of thought if you dare, but the ready implication being Whos *really* doing the thinking in your body?”
“When asked to talk about The Invisibles, Morrison referred to it as not only a treatise on how to do magic, but as a wider introduction to a different way of seeing things (which is a mild understatement, for any readers whove plowed all the way through it). He went into particular detail regarding looking at 4th+ dimensional perception (assuming that we live in the fourth dimension: i.e., the three that were accustomed to plus Time as the fourth). As shown graphically in The Invisible Kingdom, he talked about how we leave trails through time, that to our perception in the present are inaccessible.”
And finally, from a forum posting on this story, a great candidate for a new .sig:
“Folk, like Disco, served its purpose. Folk was there to help question authority. Disco was there to reverse the effect. Punk saved us all from both.”