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Interstellar : Perceptions of time and the Human Condition

So last night I watched the movie, Interstellar, and all I have to say is wow. Christopher did a great job in my opinion of interpreting the practical use of time as an additional dimension that we can alter if only we can realise it. The movie comments on the steadfastness of the human race in the face of destruction, by of course, following the lives of several heroes. The first thing that came to mind as I watched was all the different conventions used as we learned in class. Time travel is, of course, particularly dominant in this exploration into space, but there are also conventions of alien contact (technically because they didn’t know at the time), post-apocalyptic earth (not quite dystopian I think but getting there), and most of all a story about human exploration into the unknown. This movie also does a great display of the black hole, and the theories of gravity surrounding it.

So what I’m wondering is what you guys think of the film, some of the ideas behind it and the intertextuality between it and other films. What are the differences between this movie and say, Back to the Future? ¬†¬†Like what do the different films show about our knowledge as a society from 1985 and society now? Comment on other movies that can relate to this and how Nolan did things differently or what the films have to say about eachother.


How Science Fiction represents Consciousness

Hey everyone, I’m having trouble wrapping my head around the concrete detail of what science fiction says about the nature of human consciousness. I am familiar with science fiction and it’s general conventions and and what the idea of human consciousness is. What I’m having trouble with is viewing the nature of consciousness through the lens of science fiction.

So far as I understand it science fiction uses consciousness almost as a subtle convention itself. The embodying idea of the state of consciousness is argued through different monsters or landscapes that enter in through either the writer’s decision or some manifest of his subconscious. This sort of thought leads me to the discussion in class on the tentacle monster from H.G. Wells TheTime Machine. I understand that it represents the sort of changing illusory nature of our subconscious and how you don’t really know what it is until it is upon you. I also remember Prof. Simpson lecturing about how consciousness is often portrayed as a great sea, that it is a divide between what we know and what we do not know. That when you would look into the water it would be pure blackness that would greet you, and a lot of thoughts regarding horror and unknowingness would come out of that.

In regards to all of that, I can see examples of the ways consciousness is portrayed in science fiction, but what I struggle with is the purpose in which the message of consciousness is placed. For example, it is interesting the way that Wells uses the illusion monster and it pertains to the nature of consciousness, but what is he trying to say about the nature of consciousness with the monster’s existence in his story? I am trying to wrap my mind around this and any further explanation on how science fiction portrays the nature of consciousness would be greatly appreciated. So, thoughts anybody?