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The Religious Affiliation of Science Fiction Writer
In the essay "In the Beginning Was the Command Line" (http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Island/3102/neals.htm), his longest work of non-fiction, Stephenson declares:
The only real problem is that anyone who has no culture, other than this global monoculture, is completely screwed. Anyone who grows up watching TV, never sees any religion or philosophy, is raised in an atmosphere of moral relativism, learns about civics from watching bimbo eruptions on network TV news, and attends a university where postmodernists vie to outdo each other in demolishing traditional notions of truth and quality, is going to come out into the world as one pretty feckless human being.
From: Neal Stephenson, "In the Beginning was the Command Line" (http://www.voidspace.org.uk/computers/neal_beginning.shtml; viewed 25 July 2005):
But more importantly, it comes out of the fact that, during this century, intellectualism failed, and everyone knows it. In places like Russia and Germany, the common people agreed to loosen their grip on traditional folkways, mores, and religion, and let the intellectuals run with the ball, and they screwed everything up and turned the century into an abbatoir. Those wordy intellectuals used to be merely tedious; now they seem kind of dangerous as well.
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