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RUPERT / CHRIS
I met Eales whilst at secondary school, where we happened to be
to ‘boogie’ on a piano in our GCSE music
lessons. Eales studied philosophy at
Richmond Upon Thames College and then theology at Roehampton Uni
and I studied music at RUTC and then at Roehampton.
Studying (for a post graduate course
in TV & film composition) at Kingston Uni
presented me with the chance to become involved with Transit Station,
an arts exhibition/event which has taken me through Europe.
Like Eales I had been, and am still interested in the affect “powerful
stream of information that flows from terminal to
terminal in every town and
every city on Earth” on the social
& cultural life of the planet.
Chris Eales’ We All Know Too Much arrived in my
Inbox via the “Highway” that was the "Internet"
In April 2009 I asked
him to explain how he came to write it:
"Studying Philosophy &
Theology led me (as it has done for so many other troubled souls
throughout history) to a sort of existential confusion, bordering
on despair, and so I remained for many years, haunted by the ghosts
of Descartes & Aristotle, and caught in the dilemma faced
by any man who, like me, is in possession of a first-class imagination,
but a second-class mind!
Slowly but surely, the rigours of rationality and certainty, were
replaced by the illusions & delusions of literature &
art, and I fell in love with dreamers & romantics like Ray
Bradbury & Anne Rice, leading me to a more positive, more
beautiful appreciation of life.
Questions as to the nature of consciousness, and the future of
Humanity led me (like Asimov and others in the great pantheon
of Science Fiction), to write a book based in the future, that
wondered how Mankind might progress. My Theology background, and
my fascination & indignation as to the horrors of fanaticism
& religious fundamentalism, meant that these themes crept
into the book as well.
The title of the book & main character came (literally) from
a dream I had in August 2006. The title was intended both as a
description of the characters in the book, whose knowledge gets
them into terrible trouble, and also as a description of Mankind,
and how knowing, learning and progressing (too much?) leads us
inevitably to keep reaching, searching, and growing towards a
destiny that none of us can really know, or guarantee.
We all know too much"
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