Tuesday, November 22, 2011

In Time Extra Credit Blog

1. apply a philosopher or philosophic concept to any part or parts of this movie that you find apply to this movie

In the movie, the main charecter is gifted with time, but did he ask for the time? No, he just recieved it without his consent and his life was flung into utter chaos from that moment on.  But instead of just sitting around and mulling over what to spend his time on, he decided that he was going to get up, go out, and act!  This type of attitude much resembles the attitude of existentialists.  Just like the main charecter in the movie existentialist's try to get up and do somthing with their life because they know if they waste it it will be over in a heartbeat.  Following this attitude the main charecter Lance Uppercut (I forgot his name so I will use a generic bad-ass name to replace it) goes on a rampage freeing time from the rich and giving it to the poor (Lance Uppercut acts like Robin Hood drank some prison wine and thought that he was father time).  In this journy Lance Uppercut then kidnaps Derpina McMoneybags, a daughter of a rich time mogul and relises that the rich act almost stoic.  With all the greenbacks and time that they have the rich do not truly understand happiness and emotions, because they have nothing to strive for, no rush to get things accomplished, and no need for emotions, if  they play it safe they live forever feeling indiffrently the whole time.

2. Find a weakness in the movie, whether it be in the plot, concept, etc. and explain why.

There were many many plotholes in this movie, and normally I am not one to complain about a movie, so I will not go into that much detail about the problems they had in this movie.  First they never explained how time became the currency.  This movie supposedly takes plase in the not so distant future, but how did they find the time (heh) and the rescources to lay down the infrastructure to make the time currency work?  Also I am a tad confused on who runs the governments, are there still diffrent countrys or are the time mogul's the central authority for the whole entire world?  All in all it was not a bad movie, but I would not consider it a good movie either.  I could go into all of the political undertones that take place or the other various plot holes in the movie but feel like what I wrote is enough (if I wrote about everything this blog would be thousands of words), SO im going to end this blog post here, TO THE MAX!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Real World Connection 7

Im going to make this blog post about the movie In Time, because we never ended up using it as an extra credit blog post topic.  Its been a while sense I watched this movie, but its still pretty fresh in my mind because I have not seen any other movies sense then (except Sharktopus and Mega Piranha for sci- fi class).  After learning about existentialism in class I feel like this movie is based around it.  In the movie everyone has a timer that is counting down to their death, and unlike real life they are all aware that their life is going to end causing allot angst.  But the main character receives more time and realizes that he needs to act and spread the time around so everyone can be happy.  This is just like existentialism because he is getting up and acting, not just sitting around, and he is trying to get rid of the class differences, so everyone can have equal time and live long and happily.

Sophies World Number 7

As the trimester comes to a close, I finally finished reading the book Sophies World.  But after reading this book I feel like it was overly complicated and some of the book took away from the topics it was trying to convey.   Though this method did make the book a little bit more interesting to read and most of the shenanigans corresponded with the philosophers being taught in that section of the book, I feel like it should have been left out.  I think the book would have been much better as a teaching tool districts if in each section it talked about a philosopher and then had a short story explaining his beliefs instead of a long twisted story with short breaks to teach about different philosophers.   All in all I did not really enjoy reading this book, and I learned more from the in class notes than I did in this book.  But that is just my opinion, and other people probably enjoyed the book and learned alot more from it compared to the note taking.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Real World connection 5?

The other day in class we learned about how a philosopher named Jeremy Bentham who invented a new type of prison named Panopticon.  After hearing Patrick talk about those alot and learning about it in class I felt inclined to write about how Panopticon reminds me of how every day life is monitored.  Cameras are everywhere, some places they are watching you at all times and some places have fake camera domes, but you can never know if you are beeing watched or not.  This was the point of the Panopticon prison, to lower costs and lower crime in prisons.  And just like Panopticon I feel like CCTV is leading up to a sort of all seeing power.  In the US we do not have cameras everywhere but we do have intersection cameras ment to record people who run red lights.  I understand that, but what happens when cameras start to get added on all major streets and buildings and the regular world we are living in is effectively a Panopticon, where we can never truly feel safe and have privacy 

Sophies World connection #5?

In the book Sophies World we have learned about many great philosophers including Baruch Spinoza and Charles Darwin.  They both have different views on philosophy, one believes that god is in everything nature, there is a spark of divinity in everything, and we are all born devine/good.  But unlike Spinoza, Darwin went on a giant quest around the world to find many new species of plants and animals and research them.  Then using this research he came up with natural selection, evolution, and Darwinism.  I feel like if Spinoza and Darwin had a way to talk to each other they would get into a huge argument at first.  Each one would be trying to prove the other one wrong, but after arguing for a while they might believe both.  I think that Spinoza would come to terms with Darwin and decide that, evolution is a real thing and everything still has a spark of divinity.  I think that if this happened Spinoza would also be able to convince Darwin that everything has a spark of divinity in it to.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Sohpies World Connection Five

The further that I get in the book Sophies World, by Jostein Gaarder, the more that things are getting intense to the max!  (I felt the need to say intense to the max and I did not want to wait to say it).  While readingthe chapter Kierkegaard, the section where Alice showed up really caught my attention.  She offered Sophie a red bottle and a blue bottle that said "drink me".  The first one she drinks warps her peception and makes it seem like everything is one, this represents idealism, then she drinks the other bottle and once again everything warps and it seems like every object is a universe in itself, this represents individualism.  Idealism deals with the "world spirit" and the big picture, how everything works and fits together and how everything reacts to eachother.  Individualism deals with the small picture, and about each small part which creates the big one.  The way Sophies world warps which each one represents how you need a balance between the two to perceive everything normally, and how you cant just have one or the other because they both are closely related.

Real World Connection 5

About a week ago, in Sci Fi class, we were assigned "The Time Machine" by: H.G. Wells.  So, like every book that I get I started to read it immidiatly.  I ended up finishing it in two days, but I was very dissipointed with how dry of a story it was, also the plot seemed so familiar because over the years so much media has been produced that has been based off of this book.  The Time Traveler's story that he tells reminded me alot of a fairy tale and the types of media created during the Romanticism Era.  The way he tells it just makes it seem fake, like he is in controll, and he created the universe in which the story takes place.  I think it's partially because he did not expect anyone to believe him that he went on this journy.  This seems alot like how in sophies world where the book Alberto writes seems real, but very unreal at the same time.  All in all this was a boring book, and it could have been made to be much longer and interisting, but it seems to me that even in this dry boring book, tones of romantisiscm surface in it.