Thinkers Hoping for the Unexpected:
I spent the afternoon watching a film I didn’t think I would see called Chronicle. I took it in because of some amazing post release reviews that went on about how inventive the thing was both visually and in content.
But it had me totally hooked when three minutes in one of the characters who turned out to be the protagonist starts telling his friend about Arthur Schopenhauer. Then five minutes later he starts going on about Jung to help explain some of the weird things happening to them. At the moment they encounter the thing that transforms them into something beyond human, he describes it as like Plato in the allegory of the cave. What they turn into puts them in a place chock full of things that connect to transhumanist considerations, principally what to do when you have achieved something beyond human expectations. The protagonist, entirely fearful for his friend not handling it well, keeps talking about meeting the dilemma with humility rather than hubris, his exact
words. It ends with this almost Nietzschian battle between ubermenschen, the one so full of hubris he has become a murderous monster with his friend trying to talk him down to the very end. All sorts of other interesting things going on in there and as you could tell I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, really kind of thrilled though I doubted at the time that many of the almost all kids in the theatre were getting any of it.
As I waited until the end of the credits like always, there were about five early twenty somethings watching them with me. I started a conversation with one of them about how blown away I was and he started asking me what I thought I had seen. I talked some of the philosophy concentrated on that transhumanism angle and the kids were really fired up about it and said they were going home to read up on it. One of them even said he would take a philosophy class his next semester in college.
Do you think I bettered the world a little today?
I really think some of our Thinkers should take this film in before the Humanity Beyond Humanity session two weeks from tomorrow.
But how could I not love a film that starts off waxing poetically about my boy Arty?
Head Dork Being Dorky