Sci-fi, a mid-life crisis, and the beginning of the Green revolution.

Westworld

I never thought I’d find a show that makes me feel the same way about storytelling as Lostdid. Westworld accomplished this by delving into the philosophical, attempting to understand the true nature of the mind, morality, and society. Jonathan Nolan, the writer of the show, is a true master considering his ability to churn out thought provoking content that’s highly intellectual in a blockbuster package, as he’s done with his brother Christopher in films such as Interstellar, Inception, and the Dark Knight trilogy. 

For those unfamiliar, Westworld  is set in a theme park filled with artificially intelligent humanoid robots that are virtually indistinguishable from humans. The visitors to the park can engage in whatever behaviour they choose, allowing themselves to get caught up in a wild west type of adventure, without the worry of real world consequences. 

I’m a couple of years behind the Westworld craze. With HBO now streaming in Canada, I was able to consume the first two seasons, however, I’m a little torn on the announcement of season 3 given that season 2 provided a satisfactory ending.

OA {viewing in progress}

The bizarre show based on individuals who travel through dimensions due to NDEs (near death experiences) comes back with a different setup — a detective story of sorts. You’re never quite sure what’s going on in OA, however, the sci-fi aspect of the show is truly fascinating. I liken it to a deeper exploration on the prospect of death than the Robert Redford Netflix film The Discovery (which also starred Kate Mara and Jason Segal).

For those interested in noetic science (check out Ions, or work from Dean Radin). The film essentially delves into the far end of this and legitimizes it in a way that’s more serious than the likes of  Stranger Things

I Am

This film is from 2011, and follows an essential mid-life crisis (though it’s not framed that way) of Tom Shadyac, the director famous for making Jim Carrey a star through films like Ace Ventura, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty.

The film is an inquiry project, with the essential question being, “What’s wrong with the world, and what can be done to fix it?” The film interviews intellectuals and leaders with religious, scientific, and sociological backgrounds.

The film never received critical acclaim, although, I feel as if it’s a timing thing as that time period is remembered as less divisive as the Trump led, Brexit focused, global trade war divisive planet we now find ourselves in.  The film also follows Shadyac’s character arc as an explanation for the inquiry, however, it centered on post-concussive syndrome as an impetus for him to leave behind a life of Hollywood glamour which is less convincing than what clearly appears to be an existential crisis that was likely coming despite Shadyac’s condition. 

Nonetheless, the content is superb. I use this film on a semester basis to help students understand their role in the world.

The Green Revolution?

In Canada, Green Party candidates are getting elected, with one province electing them as the official opposition in a minority government. Another Green Party member got elected federally in by-election. This is surprising given that Canada, a middle of the political spectrum country, has again nudged to the right over the past 18 months. Perhaps the tide is changing just in time for the fall federal election.

In the United States, Washington State Govrner Jay Inslee is running on a completely Green platform. 

And in Europe, parties with a focus on climate change made major gains

Last month’s thoughts…

Biden… clearly the front runner in the clouded U.S. Democratic race.

Pinterest… While it still overachieved since it’s IPO, the first earning report has dropped them quite far from their $35/share height.