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    • AMMDI is an open-notebook hypertext writing experiment, authored by Mike Travers aka mtraven. It's a work in progress and some parts are more polished than others. Comments welcome! More.
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from Weird Studies/Herzog's Cave of Forgotten Dreams
from hyperstition
  • 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.

2001: A Space Odyssey

30 Oct 2021 02:15 - 03 Nov 2022 07:59
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    • 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.
      • According to JFM (see Weird Studies/Eyes Wide Shut ) the only real consciousness is the Starchild at the very end (and he goes on to become Alex in Clockwork Orange, a disturbing thought).
    • 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 realname is mentioned, something like "Will Mr. Travers please contact the MET office". This also happens in Ballard's The Atrocity Exhibition.

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