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Ep 02 : "TIME TRAVEL & MEMORY" - How 12 Monkeys shows us the End of the World is going to be OK

September 12, 2020 Sci-fi Sense Season 1 Episode 2
Sci-fi Sense
Ep 02 : "TIME TRAVEL & MEMORY" - How 12 Monkeys shows us the End of the World is going to be OK
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Ep 02 : "TIME TRAVEL & MEMORY" - How 12 Monkeys shows us the End of the World is going to be OK
Sep 12, 2020 Season 1 Episode 2
Sci-fi Sense

Memory and time are interlinked. That’s easy enough. But what are memories and where do they come from? Are they just from past experiences? And how come certain people, places, and things feel familiar even if you’ve never encountered them before?

19th century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard famously wrote, “'Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Well, not if you have a time travel machine, as is often the case in sci-fi!

We’re going to look at Terry Gilliams’ 1995 film, 12 Monkeys, starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt. We’ll learn about how time isn’t necessarily linear and that memory doesn’t only apply to past events. We’ll see if time travel allows us to change our destiny (if there is such a thing) and last but not least - how to find meaning in the midst of an apocalypse.

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Show Notes

Memory and time are interlinked. That’s easy enough. But what are memories and where do they come from? Are they just from past experiences? And how come certain people, places, and things feel familiar even if you’ve never encountered them before?

19th century Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard famously wrote, “'Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” Well, not if you have a time travel machine, as is often the case in sci-fi!

We’re going to look at Terry Gilliams’ 1995 film, 12 Monkeys, starring Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt. We’ll learn about how time isn’t necessarily linear and that memory doesn’t only apply to past events. We’ll see if time travel allows us to change our destiny (if there is such a thing) and last but not least - how to find meaning in the midst of an apocalypse.

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Further reading on topics referenced in this episode, sources, and transcripts are available on our Patreon at http://patreon.com/scifisense, where you can become a member to unlock exclusive content, access our livestream events, and many other member-only perks. Every little bit counts towards helping us put out more high quality content on a regular basis. We’re a fledgling operation and appreciate all the support we can get to help grow our community.