Essay about Connecting Fiction And Reality : A Non Binary Approach

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Connect Fiction and Reality: A Non-binary Approach
When conspiracy theories first gained prosperity among the public, the main point of the dispute was about government plots and secret societies, as if there’s an all-compassing force operating beneath the surface and vilely manipulating the mass. However, the conspiratorial world view was nothing new since during the time of postmodernism, many of the writers have already begun to contemplate the definition and utilization of paranoia. In Lot 49, Oedipa comes to realize that she may, like a paranoid, “be weaving together the patterns of events that she believes she is uncovering” (C 75). Yet all the ambiguities do not guide Oedipa out of dualism; in fact, she still remains in the two exclusive possibilities. Her conscious need to “imbue life with purpose, to restore lost intensity, to step outside of the tower” that “buffers” her from something undetermined, to overcome the “life tedium” that grips people who “experience life as disconnected moments” (C 76). Therefore, when Oedipa strives to uncover a world of mysteries with presumably correlated links, then everything ceases to make sense as long as she stays in this module of thoughts — the binary thinking, or the bifurcation fallacy. In his book Why People Believe in Weird Things, Michael Shermer points out that the binary thinking process propels us to search for a definite answer and assure our status by giving definite answers to our lives, even though sometimes…

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