How to Build a Universe: Philip K. Dick on Reality, Media Manipulation, and Human Heroism | Brain Pickings:
This isn't bike-related, but expands on a theme we discussed last night, after attending a book-reading by Jonathan Raban. The author of Driving Home discussed how he wrote, whether he used notes, and described how his observations, when combined with adjectives, adverbs, metaphors and similes, became a work of fiction. In essense, he called into question the differences between fiction, non-fiction, journalism, and how we all create our realities. To me, that is paralleled by Dick's observation, “Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away." And, 'The basic tool for the manipulation of reality is the manipulation of words. If you can control the meaning of words, you can control the people who must use the words.'