Posts tagged “Heinlein”

Friday, 10 April 2009

Want to Know Me Better?

It’s always remarkable when you stumble upon a work of some sort, be it a book, movie, television show, or in this case a series of YouTube videos, that almost entirely encapsulates conclusions you’ve independently reached in your own thinking on the subject(s). To call these discoveries “life-changing” would be inaccurate; I’m only talking about when someone else presents conclusions that you previously and independently came to on your own.

This happens to me periodically. It happened in my late teens when I found that a book written in the early 1960s had come to almost the exact same conclusions as I had about the nature of jealousy, cultural relativism, personal responsibility, and (though it amusingly undermines itself with pantheism) agnosticism (this book being, of course, Robert A. Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land, which is a wonderful book even though I do not entirely agree with everything in it).

I find it very handy when this happens, as it saves me the trouble of being redundant and having to explain things myself in language that would doubtlessly be entirely inadequate. It is also of course nice to discover there are other people out there who think the same way you do.

So if you want to know my thoughts on the nature of science, open-mindedness, critical-thinking, communication, and religion, then I suggest you watch this excellent series of videos by “Qualia Soup” that say what I’d like to say much better than I could ever say it:

Categories: Philosophy, Science, Videos.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Tim Minear’s “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” Script

Apparently back in 2004 Tim Minear, an important writer on a bunch of television shows including (I don’t know if you’ve heard of any of these) The X-Files, Angel, Firefly, and Wonderfalls, was hired to write a screenplay based on Robert A. Heinlein’s book The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. This is probably one of my top-five favorite books. And how is Minear’s take on it?


It’s surprisingly faithful to the source material, and the places where it does differ are at once shocking and highly (in one instance devastatingly) effective. But don’t take my word for it! A copy of the script has found its way online as a .pdf! So instead of reading this post, you should go read Tim Minear’s “The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress” Script

(via Whedonesque)

Categories: Books, Links, Movies.