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  • A sense that culture is all hyperstition; that humans are basically apes who evolved to the point where they could act as hosts for these large-scale ideas. The monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey is a representation of this kind of processs; one genius move of Kubrick's was not to show whatever alien agency might have been behind it; so it appears as itself, not a sign of something else.
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2001: A Space Odyssey

29 Sep 2021 01:06 - 14 May 2022 05:36

    • Agency

      • In 2001, there are really no protagonists and the action is driven by whatever unnamed force is behind the monoliths and has, for inscrutable purposes, acted to elevate a bunch of apes into humanity and whatever lies beyond humanity.
      • HAL though is the closest thing to a fully-formed character and his tragic arc is driven by agency failures, as he grapples to serve contradictory goals that end up driving him effectively mad.
    • Trivia

      • I learned from reading Michael Benson's https://amzn.to/3ogBXzx that Marvin Minsky, who served as a consultant on AI and other matters, was almost beaned by a falling wrench when Kubrick gave him a demo of the huge rotating set for the Discovery centrifuge.
    • There's a very faint bit of background audio, in the space station where Heywood Floyd stops off on his way to the moon, where my name is mentioned, something about "Will Mr. Travers please come to the white courtesy telephone".