Skeptics Cinema and SciScreen presents, in conjunction with the British Science Association and Edinburgh Skeptics: Moon.
Astronaut Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is nearing the end of his three-year contract of harvesting a future energy source from the far side of the moon. His only communication with Earth is through the use of pre-recorded messages, and his only assistant is a computer named GERTY (voiced by Kevin Spacey). Eventually isolation begins to take an alarming toll on his mind, which sets in motion a series of events revealing the truth behind his mission.
In a change to our usual format, Ed Skeptics are now collaborating with the BSA to help delve deeper into the themes of our movies. Anna Temp of Edinburgh Uni’s Psychology Dept. will talk before the movie about the effects of prolonged isolation.
Imagine, if you will, that you and 10 random strangers who are to be your co-workers for are locked up in your office building, confined there to remain for the next year. Whenever the weather is nice, you're able to go for a walk through the empty hostile neighbourhood, but never so far you cannot return safely. If the weather is bad, you can't even leave the building. For 12 months you cannot go home for family celebrations or funerals.
Does this seem like a bizarre scenario to you? Well, Anna Temp’s research participants did exactly that: they signed up for a year-long polar mission, where they live and work at a remote polar station on Svalbard. Between October and February, the sun never rises, so it's completely dark. If you're interested in the effects of this isolation in darkness, locked up with their colleagues, come along and hear Anna talk about it and afterwards we’ll show the fantastic movie Moon. This will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.