Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Waiting for 2010 #97: More Pop Science and Subpar Philosophy

Yesterday, I embedded a quasi-scientific (some would say pseudo-scientific), philosophical video about how our dimensions (and upper dimensions) fold upon themselves and what they mean (at least to the author Rob Bryanton). I think I'll ramble more about pop science in the coming days, if there isn't any interesting (i.e., rant worthy) news in the world of politics (especially the health care debate) or technology in the days to come.

Prerequisites to my upcoming series of weird rants include (but are not limited to):

1. Yesterday's video from the guy who wrote Imagining the Tenth Dimension: A New Way of Thinking About Time and Space. (I'm still trying to wrap my head around the ninth dimension, or at least the one according to Bryanton.)

2. A physicist's review of the recent movie (and recent novel) The Time Traveler's Wife. (Tangentially speaking, I personally would like to see a movie called The Dark Knight's Butler, which would be about Alfred, of course.)

3. What I think is the best episode of LOST thus far, and up there amongst the best of TV - "The Constant." The beauty of this particular episode is that it is essentially one stand-alone, harrowing movie about consciousness time travel. If you're not a fan of LOST, but just want to check out one episode, "The Constant" is the one. You really don't need to know the character backgrounds of Desmond, Sayid, Faraday, et al., to get the main point of the episode.

4. Two House episodes - "House's Head" and "Wilson's Heart" - which involve the eponymous Dr. House's quest to remember what he's forgotten via hypnosis, psychotropic drugs, and all manner of House-style trial and error. House is essentially trying to time travel (though he probably wouldn't admit to those terms), by the way.

5. "Free Will" by Rush:

I contradict the lyrical sentiment by asserting this: Subjectively, you are supposed to choose (free will), but objectively, you're going to do what you're supposed to do (fate).

That's enough homework. Class dismissed!

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