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The Meanderings of a Curious Mind
24th-Nov-2016 05:35 pm
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The friend I usually share a Thanksgiving dinner with is in San Francisco as one of her sons is now living there. I am currently staying in her apartment taking care of her dog. This morning I went to see "Arrival" which is truly a terrific SF movie. Last century I loved SF movies like "The Day the Earth Stood Still" and "Forbidden Planet". This century we finally have a couple of good movies like "The Martian" and this one. It's a believable movie with characters that are very true to life. The heroine, Louise played by Amy Adams, appears like a realistic woman and not a movie star in terms of makeup and clothing and I love the house she lives in. The creators did a wonderful job of making the aliens very alien in terms of appearance, culture and communication. Of course if you truly analyze the aliens you wonder why they have not already found ways of communicating with us as we have been broadcasting into space for some 70 or so years but ignoring that, it really points out communicating with aliens will not be easy . I know we have made translating apps but those deal with the languages of our home planet and making universal translators like on Star Trek may truly be impossible. I plan on seeing "Arrival" again though probably it will be on TV. I'm also left wondering what is going to happen in 3000 years. Here's an interesting article on how the movie makers created the alien language and writing: https://www.inverse.com/article/23159-arrival-invented-new-complicated-alien-language.

ETA: Here's an interesting article on how great a SF movie "Arrival" is from a scientific aspect: http://www.aintitcool.com/node/76811

25th-Nov-2016 04:57 pm (UTC)
From what I've read Matt Damon and Minnie Driver became close while filming "Good Will Hunting" as many actors do while making a movie. Then when it became a big hit I think too much publicity led to the break up. He's been married since 2005 and I don't recall any real nastiness on his part unlike some other actors.

Yes I doubt humans will be around in 3000 years...as humans. Who knows what we'll become (read Ray Kurzweil's books)

26th-Nov-2016 08:29 am (UTC)
I'm still trying to read Aldous Huxley and struggling badly. :( I will Google that author though if you say he's good.
26th-Nov-2016 03:45 pm (UTC)
No he really isn't an easy non-fiction writer to read. His main idea is that in a few decades we will merge with computers in something he calls the singularity.

I read "Brave New World" years ago and thought it ok as the author had several ideas for our future that were interesting. I have to say I don't want it as our future.

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