What’s going on in Joe Biden’s mind? asks Neo : And then Neo notes, and I strongly now concur, that:
“he does have
some cognitive ability left
and some feistiness as well
and that although he has lost a lot of whatever sharpness of mind he ever had
[Check and double check]
he still has enough to follow things, give opinions, and give orders that at times are obeyed.”
All true but I think that this Golem [if you actually had to –shudder– encounter it coming towards you sniffing in, say, the Oval Office] would radiate the macabre like a phaser set on “disintegrate” — that to look at it in the flesh would be to see a thing from the Uncanny Valley.
Joe Biden, whatever there once was of him, is gone; has been dissolved in a vat of seething corruption bean soup while bobbing for poached pork chunks years back. Whatever whiffs of soul that remained in Joe’s skull bowl were evaporated by the campaign. What shows up in our here and now is not the Joe but “The Biden.”
The Biden is real but remotely operated; The Biden is A Something. . . a something that is manipulating a real body. As such a golemesque presence The Biden possesses limited but adequate physical functionality for the life form it is replicating. Better still The Biden can emulate free will, can reliably perform many political rituals, and dependably recite all sacred canons, traditional or spontaneous, as needed. The Biden can even present as a dithering old geezer every so often to complete the illusion for the groundlings among us.
If The Biden had an operating system it would be named: OuroborOs.
The Biden is both life and not-life 9 (both matter and doesn’tmatter) sloshing inside one onion-skinned vessel and that is why The Biden is so, in the final analysis, strange and unnerving. The Biden backfills the uncanny valley. The Biden triggers your inner cringe.
That The Biden functions at all I find astonishing. Once I accept that The Biden does function I find The Biden very, very creepy-crawly. Very slithering indeed.