Tuesday, December 05, 2017

If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?

So the movie Arrival, has received mixed reviews. Audience members hate it, or love it. The movie is not so much about aliens, as it is about humans. How we think. We think linearly, time is a line. I have taught statistics, so I have drawn the "line" many a time in class: the line has a slope, an intersect, and an equation. But in this movies we learn that time is not linear, and that is the key to understanding this movie. The Aliens understand this, and they patiently teach us this (through Amy Adams, who is amazing in her role.) If we only thought non linearly, how would that change our lives? Our world? A beautiful movie of philosophy. This should be shown in every Freshman philosophy class. Philosophy is about thinking, and exercising our minds not to think linearly would be a good beginning for any budding philosopher.

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