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Looking for a Neal Stephenson passage on religion as inoculation / vaccination / prophylactic

I think the OP is conflating the passage from Cryptonomicon which @JohnRennie posted, and a passage from chapter 61 of Snow Crash between Hiro and Juanita: "Why? Why doesn't [the cult of Asherah]...
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Looking for a Neal Stephenson passage on religion as inoculation / vaccination / prophylactic

The closest I have found to this is indeed in Cryptonomicon. I don't have a page number because this is a Kindle book, but it is towards the end of the chapter titled Home, a little over halfway ...
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Why does Neal Stephenson use the term Nipponese instead of Japanese?

Actually the Japanese call our country "Nihon", "Nippon" is a very "patriotic" way of saying Japan. No one really says "Nippon" these days and most people will relate the word of "Nippon" to the ...
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In Seveneves, what happens to this mission?

Short version: The text doesn't positively indicate anything one way or the other, but states that they are believed to have perished: As for the tiny faction that had split away on Red Hope, it was ...
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Looking for a Neal Stephenson passage on religion as inoculation / vaccination / prophylactic

I hesitate to offer yet another answer; this does seem to be something of a theme in Stephenson's writing. But I found an actual reference to intellectual inoculation in Fall, or, Dodge in Hell, ...
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Is the word "vitamin" meaning "any item shippable to space" a creation of Neal Stephenson in Seveneves?

I believe Stephenson may have picked that up from the RepRap community in the open source 3D printing world. "RepRap is about making self-replicating machines." At the present state, of course, ...
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Why does the mouse army follow Nell?

This is answered very explicitly in this answer to another (broader) question here. Essentially, the Primers of the Mouse Army are not the same as that owned by Nell. Hackworth offered to change the ...
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Possible anomaly in Cryptonomicon

I admit that I don't have the math to calculate the odds precisely, but we should start out by observing that the letter "O" is not particularly interesting here. What we're concerned with is the ...
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Are there any plans to turn any Neal Stephenson novels into film/TV?

When film and television rights for books are sold, they often just float around for a long time in eternal pre-production. However, for stuff that is will actually happen, there is some good news. ...
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In Seveneves, who are the Owners?

No. Ty the bartender doesn't know who the Owners of his bar are, and we the readers are never told either. All we know about them is what we are told through Ty's point of view and what he tells the ...
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What becomes of the drummers?

It is highly unlikely that Princess Nell's action would have threatened the Drummers. As you described, they ascended the extensive tunnel system upward to reach the extreme capillaries nearest the ...
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Is the background of Neal Stephenson's character Root revealed in previous novels?

Spoilers for the Baroque Cycle and Cryptonomicon.
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How did Hiro help YT out of jail?

Hiro rescuing YT occurs the night he and YT met, 5 weeks prior to Hiro going the The Black Sun, so there is no conflict. The time sequence of the early portions of Snow Crash is: Chapter 1: Hiro ...
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Why did Erasmas' chant cause a commotion?

I'm not sure my answer is complete, but here's my best shot. The chant that he chose was one that he had learned at Orithena, and Orithena is not a math, it is "the cloister of a lineage that was born ...
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Why did Erasmas' chant cause a commotion?

Right before he does the chant, he explains where he got it from: The Orithenans had used a system of computational chanting that, it was plain to see, was rooted in traditions that their founders ...
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When did the Millenarian's incantations start [spoilers]?

I have been of the opinion that the Millenarians are actually working hard throughout the entire story to affect Erasmas and his journey. I feel like a lot of the chapter endings, cliffhangers, and ...
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When does the action of Snow Crash take place?

When Hiro and Raven are on motorcycles in the metaverse near the end of the book they discuss their fathers, and Hiro says he and Raven were both born in the 1970s. Add 30 years, and you get 2000-2010 ...
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In Neal Stephenson’s "Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell", which Meatspace characters are identified with which Bitspace characters?

John Cantrell, Tom Howard and Pekka "The Finn who Got Blown Up" are wearing cryonic instruction bracelets in Crytonomicon, so if they died early they're probably among the Eleven and if they survived ...
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Are there any plans to turn any Neal Stephenson novels into film/TV?

Ron Howard is developing Seveneves into a movie. There hasn't been any news on it in a couple years so the project may have stalled. Variety reported on it in 2016.
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Are there any plans to turn any Neal Stephenson novels into film/TV?

Neal Stephenson states in the video linked below that after Snowcrash, he feels that his novels are simply too long to adapt into a movie, and that a short story is probably the best fit for ...
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In Neal Stephenson's "Anathem," is Cnoüs' statue a reference to Freemasonry?

A motif in the novel is "carving something specific out of the undifferentiated potential," and the idea of left-over cast-off from sculpting work, generally. For example: Edharian Thousanders ...
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Significance of van Hoek's Manila Galleon narration in The Confusion

Is van Hoek simply spinning a fanciful tale to inspire the crew to stay with them on their next voyage, or is there a deeper meaning to this tale? That's it, there's no deeper meaning. The next ...
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In Neal Stephenson’s "Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell", which Meatspace characters are identified with which Bitspace characters?

I'd say Freewander's personality and form suit Amy Shaftoe, but I haven't found anything that hints more closely than just their similarities. Same goes for Thingor being Randy Waterhouse, ...
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In Neal Stephenson’s "Fall; Or, Dodge In Hell", which Meatspace characters are identified with which Bitspace characters?

Ward could be Doug Shaftoe, based on Ward's job and Shaftoe's background. Also, he's just a little older than Dodge (born around 1942, while Dodge is early postwar) so he'd probably be in the prime ...
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