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Finally finished Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. If you're looking for an entertaining, silly, over-the-top, fast-paced, nerdy cyberpunk action story with excellent world-building, then this is a pretty good read.

But if you're looking for something insightful, you'll probably want to look elsewhere. The story is based on a theory tying together the origin of conciousness, language, religion and viruses. Not all of it is bullshit, but enough to make it wholly unconvincing.

@ayo this book actually shaped a considerable amount of who I am - I also HIGHLY recommend the read

@ayo it sounded convincing to me... should I be worried?

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The idea that religion is a virus is a compelling one. Snow Crash takes it literally, but metaphorically it makes a lot of sense: if our minds are the hardware and ideas are the software, then certainly religion is the equivalent of a virus that propagates using our own fears or feelings of respect towards our elders.
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@ayo I would be totally open to my mind being changed in the last 100 pages or so but it would have to be something quite drastic and from what you've said here I don't think I'll expend the time finishing it.

@lazarski The final 100 pages do tie a few storylines and characters together, but mostly it's just more ridiculous badassery B-grade action movie scenes.

@ayo In the same vein, Lexicon by Max Barry brings this theme to the present day.

@ayo So this is not in the same league as Cryptonomicon?

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