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Charlotte Philosophy Discussion Group Message Board › Groundhog Day - the Movie and Philosophy

Groundhog Day - the Movie and Philosophy

A former member
Post #: 918

a lot of references to Panopticons and Michel Foucault prisoners.

My Dinner with Andre

The film depicts a conversation between Gregory and Shawn (not necessarily playing themselves) in a chic restaurant in New York City.

Based mostly on conversation, the film's dialogue covers such things as experimental theatre, the nature of theatre, and the nature of life, contrasting Shawn's modest, down-to-earth humanism with Gregory's extravagant spiritual experiences.

Gregory is the focus of the first hour of the film as he describes some of his experiences since he gave up his career as a theatre director in 1975.

These include working with his friend Jerzy Grotowski and a group of Polish actors in a forest in Poland, his visit to Findhorn in Scotland and his trip to the Sahara to try to create a play based on The Little Prince.

Perhaps Gregory's most dramatic experience was working with a small group of people on a piece of performance art on Long Island which resulted in Gregory being (briefly) buried alive on Halloween night.


A former member
Post #: 976
Something I found interesting about the changing needs of education to more fully support

Alvin Toffler explains, “Society needs people who take care of the elderly and who know how to be compassionate and honest.

Society needs people who work in hospitals.

Society needs all kinds of skills that are not just cognitive; they’re emotional, they’re affectional.

You can’t run the society on data and computers alone.”[7]

Toffler is also frequently cited as stating: "Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn."

The words came from Herbert Gerjuoy, whom Toffler cites in full as follows:

"The new education must teach the individual how to classify and reclassify information, how to evaluate its veracity, how to change categories when necessary, how to move from the concrete to the abstract and back, how to look at problems from a new direction — how to teach himself."

Information Literacy: Learning How to Learn

...Can the curriculum touch upon all of the topics that a student needs to know to be an effective member of society?

Can educators provide all the information important for students to know so they can become contributing members of society?

Access to Information
There are two types of access to information—physical access and intellectual access.

In today’s technology-rich environment, physical access to information has never been easier.

Intellectual access however, can be denied to the student who does not possess the cognitive strategies for selecting, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, creating, and communicating.

Information retrieval is easy, but the proof of the pudding is in the learner’s ability to evaluate, organize, analyze, and apply information so that it becomes knowledge.

Shifts in Teaching and Learning Due to Technology

When considering Information Literacy, it is necessary to understand the shifts in teaching and learning that have resulted from the increasing role of technology in curriculum.

Technology provides acquisition to greater volume and depth of information than was ever possible before.
In , it enables students to acquire and communicate their findings in more authentic ways.
This has necessitated shifts in the ways educators and students engage in teaching and learning.

These shifts include:

  • From linear to hypermedia learning - Students move back and forth between information sources in an interactive and non-sequential way.
  • From direct instruction to construction and discovery - Instead of absorbing knowledge as it’s delivered by a teacher, the student constructs new knowledge.
  • From teacher-centered to learner-centered. - Focus is on the learner, not the delivery-person. Instead of transmitting information, the teacher now creates and structures what happens in the classroom.
  • From absorbing pre-selected facts to discovering relevant information - This demands higher-order thinking skills such as analysis and synthesis.
  • From school-based to life-based learning - A learner’s knowledge base is constantly revised through life experiences, and schools can prepare students for this eventuality.
  • From uniform instruction to customized learning - Students find personal paths to learning.
  • From learning as torture to learning as fun - The student is motivated to learn, and feels more responsible for his progress.
  • From teacher as transmitter to teacher as facilitator.

Indicators of Information Literacy

The information-literate student can:

  • Recognize the need for information
  • Identify and locate appropriate information sources
  • Access information contained in those sources
  • Evaluate the quality of information obtained
  • Organize the information
  • Use the information effectively (Doyle, 1992)

A former member
Post #: 978
Humans have parasitical cultural memes or beliefs which do not
advantage the host culture who are holding those beliefs.

Parasitical memes propagate by having the host human produce books like the bible which infect other humans who read the encoded meme to go on and make bibles books. Thus, ensuring the continued existence of the bible meme.
Humans exist to make Bibles.
Not Bibles existing to make humanity (better?).

The idea of whether a 'meme' exists is debatable.

This idea of a 'parasitical cultural meme' may be related in some regards to learned helplessness

Dan Dennett: Dangerous memes

This idea that certain types of beliefs or ideas (partial beliefs or ideas?) may propagate to unique human populations on certain populations having certain types of mental states which make certain 'memes' propagate amongst that population.

Tim Tyler: Are memes like parasites?
This is a video which responds to one of Steven Pinker's criticisms of memetics - the one where he compares memes to parasites.


Pinker's entire critique:­

Please buy my book on Memetics: http://memetics.timty...­

"Memetics: Memes and the Science of Cultural Evolution."

Tim Tyler: Are memes like parasites?

George Carlin invented a fictitious meme about the earth producing humans so that the earth could have plastic.

George Carlin: The Universe Wanted Plastic

Neural parasitology: how parasites manipulate host behaviour
The ability of parasites to alter the behavior of their hosts fascinates both scientists and non-scientists alike.
One reason that this topic resonates with so many is that it touches on core philosophical issues such as the existence of free will.
If the mind is merely a machine, then it can be controlled by any entity that understands the code and has access to the machinery.

How to Control an Army of Zombies
From time to time these spiders abandon their own webs and build radically different ones, a home not for the spider but for a parasitic wasp that has been living inside it.
Then the spider dies — a zombie architect, its brain hijacked by its parasitic invader — and out of its body crawls the wasp’s larva, which has been growing inside it all this time.

ant sheep fluke parasite

An ant takes on a new personae due to the parasite infecting the ant's brain.
Causing the ant to climb to the top of a grass stem to be consumed by a sheep or a cow.

I disagree about the below of Voodoo dolls being misunderstood as an item of not being about revenge...

Louisiana Voodoo
Voodoo dolls are an often misunderstood tradition associated with the Voodoo religion and forms of Hoodoo magic.
They are popularly portrayed as revenge items, used to cause pain to an enemy.
Instead of stemming from the traditional Voodoo rituals as found in Haiti and nearby areas, Voodoo dolls originated in part from the New Orleans, Louisiana area in the early 20th century.

In fictional portrayals, a Voodoo doll is used to curse an enemy.
According to popular fictional lore, wherever you poke the doll with a pin or needle, your focus object will feel pain or have an illness.
For the most part, these portrayals are misconstrued or completely invented.

Jailed: the slave trader in Britain who sold women around Europe for sex under the spell of his 'juju' witchcraft

The 42-year-old ensured the girls’ obedience by using rape as a weapon and binding the young girls to him with “juju” rituals – a powerful force in large parts of Nigeria - that left girls fearing death if they ran away or spoke up against him.

One of Osolase’s victims told how she was taken to a house of witchcraft in Lagos before she was brought to Britain for a promised education that she never received.
The teenager was handed a mixture consisting of what appeared to be blood and cloth and told to bathe in it and wrap the cloth around her.
A priest cut hair from her armpits, some of her finger and toenails and extracted blood from her hand.


A former member
Post #: 987
A freighting ship in orbit above a planet is free riding on the mistaken beliefs of the inhabitants.

The U.S.S. Enterprise crew comes across a planet with a pre-industrial civilization that seems to be sending radio transmissions into space.
While rendering aid to a crippled courier ship in orbit of the planet, Captain Kirk and his senior staff wonder if the two situations are related.

This film entitled "And Let the Heavens Fall" was written, directed, animated and produced by Curt Danhauser and is the first new animated STAR TREK episode to be produced in more than three decades.
The last new animated STAR TREK episode featuring Captain Kirk and his crew was produced by Filmation and aired on NBC-TV Saturday morning, October 12, 1974.
Now, after almost 34 years, new episodes are being produced.
These new episodes are intended to be a direct continuation of the 22-episode animated STAR TREK series produced by Filmation Associates from 1973-1974.

"And Let the Heavens Fall" Animated STAR TREK episode, Part 1 of 3

"And Let the Heavens Fall" Animated STAR TREK episode, Part 2 of 3

"And Let the Heavens Fall" Animated STAR TREK episode, Part 3 of 3

A former member
Post #: 991
How do we chore up our beliefs when they are no longer accurate to the present circumstances.
How do we discover to suss out once accurate beliefs and learn how we may make new behaviors so as to better detect inaccurate beliefs.

Many of our beliefs we're certain on similarly like the water to a fish.
A fish may never regard the water as humans may have to regard the quality of the air we breath.

Our human beliefs are like the water is to a fish in that most of our beliefs are unrecognized and just work.

We at times need to see our human issues as they actually are to avoid a greater discomfort at some later time.

We do not know always what belief or set of beliefs we may be holding. Or what these beliefs would mean
in all circumstances. Or have we devised an 'ultimate ethical principle' on a greater organization of our beliefs.

Discovery of what our beliefs are would take evidence, knowledge, and understanding.

Heather Brooke: My battle to expose government corruption

A former member
Post #: 992
How popular held beliefs may hold us back economically when we do not hold the correct perspective on an issue.

Pankaj Ghemawat: Actually, the world isn't flat

t may seem that we're living in a borderless world where ideas, goods and people flow freely from nation to nation.
We're not even close, says Pankaj Ghemawat.
With great data (and an eye-opening survey), he argues that there's a delta between perception and reality in a world that's maybe not so hyperconnected after all.

A former member
Post #: 994
Do we have an underlying belief that the environment always recovers?

A World Without Coral Reefs
IT’S past time to tell the truth about the state of the world’s coral reefs, the nurseries of tropical coastal fish stocks.
They have become zombie ecosystems, neither dead nor truly alive in any functional sense, and on a trajectory to collapse within a human generation.
There will be remnants here and there, but the global coral reef ecosystem — with its storehouse of biodiversity and fisheries supporting millions of the world’s poor — will cease to be.

Overfishing, ocean acidification and pollution are pushing coral reefs into oblivion.
Each of those forces alone is fully capable of causing the global collapse of coral reefs; together, they assure it.
The scientific evidence for this is compelling and unequivocal, but there seems to be a collective reluctance to accept the logical conclusion — that there is no hope of saving the global coral reef ecosystem.

What we hear instead is an airbrushed view of the crisis — a view endorsed by coral reef scientists, amplified by environmentalists and accepted by governments.
Coral reefs, like rain forests, are a symbol of biodiversity.
And, like rain forests, they are portrayed as existentially threatened — but salvageable.
The message is: “There is yet hope.”

Coral Reefs Could Be Decimated by 2100
Nearly every coral reef could be dying by 2100 if current carbon dioxide emission trends continue, according to a new review of major climate models from around the world.
The only way to maintain the current chemical environment in which reefs now live, the study suggests, would be to deeply cut emissions as soon as possible.
It may even become necessary to actively remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, say with massive tree-planting efforts or machines.

The world's open-ocean reefs are already under attack by the combined stresses of acidifying and warming water, overfishing, and coastal pollution.
Carbon emissions have already lowered the pH of the ocean a full 0.1 unit, which has harmed reefs and hindered bivalves' ability to grow.
The historical record of previous mass extinctions suggests that acidified seas were accompanied by widespread die-offs but not total extinction.

To study how the world's slowly souring seas would affect reefs in the future, scientists with the Carnegie Institution for Science in Palo Alto, California, analyzed the results of computer simulations performed by 13 teams around the world.
The models include simulations of how ocean chemistry would interact with an atmosphere with higher carbon dioxide levels in the future.
This so-called "active biogeochemistry" is a new feature that is mostly absent in the previous generation of global climate models.

A former member
Post #: 1,030

Attraction perform their stunning shadow act - Week 1 - Auditions | Britain's Got Talent 2013

A former member
Post #: 1,034

"Dioretix", a pun on L. Ron Hubbard's Dianetics and the term diuretic.

Repo Man (6/10) Movie CLIP - Flying Saucers & Time Machines (1984) HD


Nuclear War. Of course.
What else could it be about?
And the demented society that contemplated the possibility thereof.
Repoing people's cars and hating alien ideologies were only the tip of the iceberg.
The iceberg itself was the maniac culture which had elected so-called "leaders" named Reagan and Thatcher, who were prepared to sacrifice everything -- all life on earth -- to a gamble based on the longevity of the Soviet military, and the whims of their corporate masters.

J. Frank Parnell - the fictitious inventor of the Neutron Bomb - was the central character for me.
He sets the film in motion, on the road from Los Alamos, and, as portrayed by the late great actor, Fox Harris, is the centrepoint of the film.

A former member
Post #: 1,074

Garfunkel & Oates - Fuck Me In The Ass Because I Love Jesus

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