Christoff: So you’ve read a lot of science fiction. Do you know its history?
Mr. Green: I don’t know. I’ve never thought about it. So I guess I don’t.
Christoff: Just because you’ve never thought about something doesn’t mean you don’t know it. In science fiction, the creatures, big eyes, tentacles, the bizarro alien look, didn’t exist until recently. You know when it surfaced? After we explored the depths of the ocean.
Mr. Green: How could it be possible to know things without thinking them? Can you breathe without lungs? Can you pee without your bladder?
Christoff: Yes, there are machines. And knowing something is different.
Mr. Green: Like if you have an idea or an invention, I suppose there is a point in time when that idea doesn’t exist. And then it does. In between there, are you saying there is a moment when your mind knows your idea before you think it?
Christoff: I would argue you knew it all along, but you just didn’t realize it. And I would cite as my example the history of science fiction, which illustrates how our minds are not capable of the boundless imagination we enjoy convincing ourselves we posses, but, rather, we are constrained by our very limited experiences.
Mr. Green: And how would you explain Pokemon? What in nature looks like Pokemon?