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"I suspect that religion is a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species. And that's one of the interesting things about contact with other intelligences: we could see what role, if any, religion plays in their development."
- Arthur C. Clarke

Reality Tape  
  The medium upon which the life experience of an electric ant - a robotic person - is presented.  

"...The punched tape roll above your heart mechanism is not a programming turret but is in fact a reality-supply construct. All sense stimuli received by your central neurological system emanate from that unit and tampering with it would be risky if not terminal..."

If I cut the tape, he realied, my world will disappear.

From The Electric Ant, by Philip K. Dick.
Published by Mercury Press in 1969
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