Hi Radek: Thank you very much for your kind compliments, which mean a lot to me! I too hope our leaders can see the value of this space philosophy, but I am skeptical. Any suggestions on how we could get these ideas before the eyes of leaders in space? Thanks, BV.
Yep. “Theory” is one of the most misunderstood terms in contemporary culture. One small point: I pretty sure some scientific discoveries are 100% settled: earth is a sphere and orbits the sun, biological evolution, expansion of the universe, and others. That said, your points are well-taken.
I agree. Arrival is excellent, one of the very best alien films. Contact is very good, but pretty much collapses in the end: Ellie’s hologram dad, the conflating of faith and science, and the overall cheesiness of Matthew McTexas as the enlightened evangelical comforting the explorer scientist (Ellie). Lame ending, yet illustrating the missing cosmological narrative addressed in my book Specter of the Monolith.
Thanks for writing, Lori. To be honest, I forgot about Bob Roberts. As for Bulworth and Broadcast News, I left them off the list in the interest of brevity and because the films on the list best anticipate Trump and the mediated culture that makes his presidency possible. I recommend viewing the films in historical order because they portray the evolving role of media and media technologies. Enjoy!
If you’re going to present yourself as having superior film expertise, then make sure you get the films correct. “Citizen Kane” (1941) was made a decade before the Korean War (1950–1953). “The Manchurian Candidate” (1962) references the brainwashed assassin concept. I’m quite familiar with “The Candidate” and “Elmer Gantry,” but chose to omit them…