This post is a continuation of the analysis of my marathon movie weekend. As I escaped the creepiness, yet remained perplexed by The Fourth Kind, I found myself more deeply enveloped by ‘Knowing‘. The film followed my alien themed movie marathon, but more subtly, and emphasized a focus on our perceptions of reality.
‘Knowing’, factually, what lies ahead as the result of deterministic fate is a hard thing to consider, as surely it would influence our immediate actions in the attempt to change the fateful events that lie ahead – much like in ‘Back to the Future‘. However in doing so, we are effectuating that which has been determined – leading to the confusion of who actually holds the cards in the grand game of life. Are we part of a cycle, where a highly evolved human race in the future is ensuring their future sustainability by steering the ins and outs here on Earth (today)? Or, were we simply set into motion, where cause and effects cascade pertually, putting on a show for all of those who have the means to spearate from the material world? But, we must consider, when does this show end, nad what purpose did it them serve? If it makes your head spin, then you are thinking along the correct train of thought.
For all of recorded history, we have written records of prophecy. The question is of what deterministic predictions lead to the derivation of these prophecies. Were they just dreams of the mind who conveyed the prophecy, an analysis of historical or other events by the prophet, or a guided message sent from an intellectual state we can’t comprehend today to cast into motion a predetermined series of causes and effects with some anticipated outcome?
Now, the messages themselves – throughout written history – have manifested themselves in various forms for our modern analysis. And that takes us to the second part of our discussion about ‘Knowing’ – interpreting a the codex of all codices.
Determinism Defined Nature (1932), 129 (3250), 228-228 DOI: 10.1038/129228d0
Colwell, G. (1994). Freedom, determinism and circular reasoning Argumentation, 8 (3), 251-263 DOI: 10.1007/BF00711192
Kampen, N. (1991). Determinism and predictability Synthese, 89 (2), 273-281 DOI: 10.1007/BF00413908