# Outside Context Problem

The usual example given to illustrate an Outside Context Problem was imagining you were a tribe on a largish, fertile island; you'd tamed the land, invented the wheel or writing or whatever, the neighbors were cooperative or enslaved but at any rate peaceful and you were busy raising temples to yourself with all the excess productive capacity you had, you were in a position of near-absolute power and control which your hallowed ancestors could hardly have dreamed of and the whole situation was just running along nicely like a canoe on wet grass... when suddenly this bristling lump of iron appears sailless and trailing steam in the bay and these guys carrying long funny-looking sticks come ashore and announce you've just been discovered, you're all subjects of the Emperor now, he's keen on presents called tax and these bright-eyed holy men would like a word with your priests

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Iain M Banks’ latest Culture novel is a tale of conspiracy, deception and eccentricity. So, Iain, we asked, what’s it all about?
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Banks, Ian (20 Aug 2002), Iain M Banks’ latest Culture novel is a tale of conspiracy, deception and eccentricity. So, Iain, we asked, what’s it all about?, Retrieved on 2015-02-23
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• Folksonomies: culture science fiction