Tigris noted that in the original text, the narrator (Hermann Sörgel) presents himself as an unassuming Shakespearean scholar. Also his account of being overlaid with a second memory makes no mention of a journey to Mars, let alone joining the Martian Resistance movement and finally fulfilling their objectives (though only after betraying them to the authorities), as is depicted in the script outline tabled by Another Kiwi. Also too she was skeptical whether Arnold Schwartzenegger would be available to play Sörgel.
AK suggested that Sörgel was just very modest about his accomplishments. He is known to have devoted his career to the idea of reclaiming vast areas of seabed for agriculture and habitation by draining the Mediterranean, Deep beneath the autumn lake, where only echoes penetrate; which the Borges story does not mention either.
Smut Clyde complained about leakage of lyrics from the Prog-Rock channel and asked about the long-promised flux shielding for the cryotanks.
Smut Clyde took issue with the harsh term 'plagiarist', and opined that the thematic duplication was more likely a manifestation of the Morphogenetic Field -- a non-causal, unlocalised organising principle, which allows one person's actions to carve new ruts in Reality that steer other individuals to unwittingly repeat the same actions, Riding inter-city trains, dressed in European grey, riding out to Echo Beach.
Tigris inquired about progress with retraining the 'Replicating Shakespeare' team of monkey typists to work in the style of Haldane, in order to provide the unwritten concluding chapters of 'The Man with Two Memories'.
Hugh countered that progress had been slow because the monkeys lacked motivation and could not be cajoled out of a negative attitude of "it's no use" and "what's the point?" and "why bother trying?" In retrospect he conceded that it might have been a mistake to hire the workforce from Seligman's Learned Helplessness experiments.
Evangeline van Holsterin visited the table to replenish the plenished glasses and to disentangle Space-Time Eddie from the overhead light fitting. She observed (to ensuing hilarity) that despite assistance from an infinite team of monkey butlers over a considerable passage of time, the Riddled directors were no closer to attaining good taste or colour coordination in their clothing.
Smut Clyde proposed that the monkey typists should begin with a simpler task to encourage them and 'ease them into the zone'. He tabled a 1928 passage from J.B.S. Haldane, dramatising the scale dependence of the effect of air resistance; and a 1931 passage in which H. G. Wells independently came up with the identical way of illustrating the point:
We know that the similarity of phrasing was unintentional because Wells' publishers never retracted The Science of Life for plagiarism... so it must be the Morphogenetic Field again. The double occurrence having deepened the ruts in reality, the ease with which words will fall again into the same combination borders on inevitability.
A motion that "We must not allow a mineshaft gap" was passed with acclamation, and the meeting was adjourned sine die, Somehow we drifted off too far, communicate like distant stars.
This is my favourite J. B.S. Haldane story.