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The Garden of Rama and "Rama Revealed" written by Sir Arthur C.Clarke.

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THE GARDEN OF RAMA RAMA REVEALED Sir Arthur C. Clarke AFRICIUS Mrs. Ley ENGOAc.05 Period: 1 Date: Nov 1st 2002 In the two novels The Garden of Rama and "Rama Revealed" written by Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the Acquisition of information affects humans both is seen when acquisition of information enlightens humans' sense of belonging, when the acquisition of information leads to wonders and thoughts and also, when the acquisition of information affects humans' way of thinking. To begin with, the acquisition of information enlightens humans' sense of belonging. Firstly, it is seen when the central character Nicole expresses her fearlessness saying "I understand. That is the most important statement anyone can ever make...the whole key to life is understanding... And now I understand that I am a mortal creature whose time of death has come. I will not be afraid because I understand. And understanding is happiness." pg 633 book 2. After she has attained the information and knowledge, she no longer feels afraid of anything more, not even when her death is near. It is all this that she understands makes her life very special and that has given her something valuable and increases her understanding of human existence and life. ...read more.


But is this all there is? Were we brought all the way here from earth just to be tested? And titillated by the existence of creatures from other worlds? Or is there some other, deeper purpose?" pg 151 book 1. In acquiring information about her purpose of being at the node, she has encounter all these questions that have amazed her. In finding the answers which she will not be able to find makes it a wonder and mystery that she could think about. Secondly, after Nicole disappointedly finds out that her children no longer need her as a mother, she reflected on "Even her memory is better than mine... What a perfect solution to the whole problem of ageing and dying... capture a person in the prime of her life, with all her powers intact, and preserve her for ever as a legend, at least in the eyes of her loved ones." pg 593 book 2. In her minds of thoughts, she has wondered about the wonders and odds which could someday be a useful scientific tool of substituting a 'human robot' instead of an actual real person to someone who has loosed somebody. Thirdly, Nicole's husband, Richard makes a comment when he is in an alien factory "This place is absolutely amazing, stupendous. ...read more.


I feel as if I have been betrayed. I thought I knew the octospiders, I trusted them. In many ways I thought they were superior to us, but after what I saw tonight..." pg 313 book 2. After seeking information and she knows what happens, she finally realized that she has been used and relearned something depriving that will change her view altogether. As a result, that has triggered and affected her ways of thinking towards her friends and relationships altogether in the future. Thus it is clearly seen from the quotations and conflict above that acquisition of information indeed has affects humans in many ways. In learning something that humans could revere and revise in their memory for ever, something astounding and marvelous that humans will inquire endless and numerous questions and mysteries, or simply leading to drastic and unexpected conflict that inflict and changes the views of the humans' mind. No matter how the different ways of changes there might be in acquisition of knowledge, human beings will learn something valuable in life in return. That is what the matter most being a human living in the vastness of the universe, seeking information that they are indeed not alone, but together with all the sentient creatures in the vastness of space, we occupy and live and in search of truth and sense of wonders and belongings, in the magnificent 'cosmopolitans' of stars and galaxies. ...read more.

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