Category Archives: Movies

Birth, Death and Mankind’s Drive to Survive in Gravity

In a moment of respite, Ryan Stone floats in the foetal position in Gravity.

Being born is terrifying. Noisy, disorientating and arduous, it’s quite possibly one of the most traumatic experiences in our lives.

It’s a good thing we don’t remember it, because our birth is also the most important process we’ll ever go through — and absolutely essential for everything that follows.

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Speaking an Alien Language: Communication in Arrival

Louise Banks stands before the heptapod ship that will change her perception of the world.

Communication is messy. Words are imprecise. Meaning is layered, and comes in many shades. Humans are just fleshy pods forever trying to share the images in their minds, shadowy representations of the world that shape how we think, act and live.

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The Philosophy of Consciousness in Ex Machina

A close-up of Ava, an AI, as she stares with emotion into the distance.

A few months ago I watched a film about morality, humanity, genius… oh, and robots. Its name is Ex Machina. I knew as soon as it finished that it would stay with me for some time, and that it would be something I would contemplate in the back of my brain for a while to come.

I was right. This blog post is the result of that contemplation.

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