LEARNING PHILOSOPHY WITH THE HELP OF SCI-FI
In the film “The Matrix,” the character Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, discovers that he and nearly all of humanity are living in a computer-simulated world known as the Matrix.
“[The Matrix] is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth,” Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, tells Neo. “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”
Susan Schneider, an assistant professor in Penn’s Department of Philosophy, is among a collection of philosophers who are using science fiction films, books and short stories such as “The Matrix” and “I, Robot” as thought experiments to reflect on the nature of certain philosophical concepts and “to fire the philosophical imagination.”
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TOP 5 SCIENCE FICTION MOVIE ROLES THAT SHOULD HAVE GONE TO SPOCK
It’s hard to find a leading character that’s had more of a profound and long-lasting effect on the science fiction romance community than “It Hero” Mr. Spock. Before the original Star Trek’s premiere, most people had never seen anything like him—both physically (Those ears!) and mentally (That logic! That torture!).
As we discussed previously, it was this compelling, multifaceted characterization that drove early fan fiction. He was the reason why many wanted the show to continue—both in season three and ST:TMP. He’s the reason why we cried during Khan, and we laughed during The Voyage Home.
This set my Mentat mind in motion.
Seeing as how Hollywood appears bent on remaking every film from the time of the Lumière Brothers to date—and how mashups of literary classics are currently all the rage—why not stir the silver screen pot with some SF classics by recasting them with our beloved Vulcan?
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A very interesting article on philosophy and science Fiction, what are your thoughts?
What is you thought on the roles that should have gone to Spock? Personally, Spock is Spock, he can’t be anything else but a character in Star trek. Are you a Trekkie? Do you agree?