May 26, 2022 11:05 AM
an ex-illithid in lyingverse
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"I want that too! It was really useful and I miss it a lot especially now that I'm in a conversation with two different people at the same time and sometimes get asked several questions in a row and have trouble prioritizing which to answer first and sometimes can't say all of the answers in sequence while taking what I think is probably a reasonable length of conversational turn! Judging lengths of conversational turn is hard."

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"How do aliens do it?"

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"Both participants in a conversation can be speaking and listening on multiple tracks simultaneously! But even before I left I knew that humans can't speak and listen fluently at the same time, not even with only one track of each."

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Bella lets them into the house. "Ned, I have invited an alien over for dinner!"

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"She usedta eat brains but doesn't any more!"

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"That sounds incredibly concerning even with the last clause!"

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"I don't want to go back to eating brains! One of my favourite things about being human is all the brains I'm not eating! Instead I can eat human food which tastes better and has more interesting varieties and doesn't make me sad!"

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"Well, the lasagna will come out of the oven in about ten minutes. Where did Bella find you?"

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"In the grocery store!"

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"She's working at the deli counter. She only recently became confident she is an alien."

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"I was always confident I am formerly nonhuman but I only recently became confident I am from a different planet," she clarifies.

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"Members of other species from this planet aren't aliens! It would be surprising if we discovered some of them were language-using sapients on or above our level, but I wouldn't call them aliens."

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"Are humans from a different planet aliens, or not?"

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"It's very weird for there to be humans on another planet and I'm not sure if I want to declare them aliens or not."

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"Anyway I think it makes sense that when I was confident of being formerly nonhuman but not confident about whether I was on another planet when I wasn't human, I was uncertain about being an alien in an importantly distinct way than the way I would have been uncertain about being an alien if I had been uncertain about the formerly nonhuman part too."

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"I suppose that does make sense."

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"Why do you work at a deli counter?"

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"When I arrived here I was curious about how I suddenly knew English and the first advice I got was to ask a neurologist and the first neurologist I found had a receptionist who told me I needed money to afford an appointment and a job to get money."

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"I... guess that makes sense."

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"Are you still planning to get a neurologist appointment?"

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"Probably! Why, do you have an alternate suggestion?"

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"I don't expect the neurologist to know, since aliens suddenly appearing and knowing English for no clear reason aren't a known phenomenon. Or for that matter non-aliens suddenly knowing English for no clear reason."

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"That doesn't sound like an alternate suggestion to me!"

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"It's not, but I think the neurologist would be a waste of your money."

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"What else do you expect I could do with five hundred dollars that you expect would be worth more to me than a neurologist?"

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