The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 54

“Some notes,” he said unfolding a scrap of paper, “on the neuroscience of free will.”

He unfolded another, dropping more. “Hypothetical explanations for the Fermi paradox.”

He continued, “Moser’s worm, the moving sofa, Hilbert’s ninth, Molyneux…” He frowned. “No. I think we’ve answered that one.”

She squinted. He noticed.

“It’s going to happen – the spontaneous temporary savant event,” he said.

“Like… an epiphany.”

He snorted. “No. An epiphany is just your consciousness catching up. Drink some coffee. No an STSE is different. You get one in your lifetime. You’re sleeping. You’re playing Sudoku.” He flourished the scraps. “I’ll be ready.”

“I see,” she said with the pleasantness of someone interested in a change of subject. “Where do you want to go to lunch?”

He suddenly knew with absolute clarity the perfect place.

And then the moment was gone.

The Curiously Stunted, Incomprehensibly Disjointed, Perfectly Inadequate Adventures of Nicholas Cornelius Holloway – Episode 53

Things went unusually well for his friends. He couldn’t tell them why. When he was a child his exasperated mother had sent him to his room with these words: “…and I wish you would stop telling people that you’re a genie!” So he had stuck a cork in it and lived a quiet life of carefully circumscribed kindnesses.