If given free reign with a person of similar interests/background/sense of humor/etc., what conversation topics would be most likely to come up?
That question randomly popped into my head because Emily, a graduate student in philosophy, remarked how she always found herself having to inform people that their ideas for a perpetual motion machine wouldn’t work. Apparently, among Canadians with limited educations in Emily’s home town, the combination of bathtubs of water and magnets can solve the world’s energy needs.
It occurred to me that I have some recurrent conversation topics. Like, a lot. Hypotheticals are one of them. A colleague recently accused me of always asking about a ‘Fake World.’ And my Fake World is always populated by:
- Time travel
- Wishes with trade offs
- Radical changes to wealth/safety/circumstance
- Minor super powers
- Massive political and social changes, executable on a whim.
After Emily inspired this train of thought, I tried asking the same question to someone else who was nearby. Her response:
“Well, me and Emily always find ourselves complaining about the patriarchy.”
… Okay, then.
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