Waking Life - Philosophy/Thinking in 2001 Video
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Wild/weird/different, with parts and pieces that offer
a lot in the way of philosophy and thinking about
matters/life/consciousness/reality departing from the
predominance of material typically disseminated in
the mainstream. I'd be reluctant to recommend the
entire movie, due to some objectionable parts, but
would recommend the following clips for contem-
plative or freethought reflections:

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Waking Life *~Dream is Destiny~*

A boy and girl, playing a game, followed by
the boy experiencing loss of gravity, followed
by a young man on a train..


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Free Will and Physics - Waking Life excerpt

It's easy to think that science has taken the place
of God. Our behavior is a reflection of physical
laws. Problems of free will. Free? Every action
and behavior governed by physical laws. Non-
deterministic quantum theory, probabilistic hap-
penstance, impact on free will, individualism?


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Waking Life: Human Evolution

Highlights of human development, evolution of organism
proceeding through the evolution of biological, anthro-
pological, and culture strings. Evolution is telescoping.
The new evolution stems from information. Evolution
becomes an individual process, rather than an external
process. Human proceeds to neo-human, which could
be individuals non-restricted by time and space and
which could result in decline of anti-human charac-
teristics and amplification of pro-human ones.


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Waking Life - Refuse to Submit

Protester driving in a car and broadcasting his 
views, strongly. Some quotes: "Don't talk about
politics or religion. It's all the equivalent of enemy
propaganda rolling across the picket line ... we
should not submit to dehumanization ... I'm con-
cerned with ... the systems of control, those who
control my life and those who seek to control it
even more ...

... I want freedom, and that's what you should
want ... we have got to realize that we're being
conditioned on a mass scale ... start challenging
this corporate slave state ...

The 21st century ... it's going to be the age of
humankind standing up for something pure and
something right ...

... what a bunch of garbage, liberal, democrat,
conservative, republican, it's all there to control
you, 2 sides of the same coin, 2 management
teams bidding for control, the CEO job, of
Slavery Incorporated, the truth is out there in
front of you but they lay out this buffet of lies,
I'm sick of it, and I'm not going to take a bite
out of it, do you got me?

Resistance is not futile, we're gonna win this
thing. Humankind is too good, we're not a
bunch of underachievers. We're gonna stand
up and we're going to be human beings, we're
gonna get fired up about the real things, the
things that matter, creativity and the dynamic
human spirit that refuses to submit ...


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Do You Remember? - Waking Life

Young woman flirting with a young man in a dream
sequence.


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Waking Life - The Aging Paradox

Women discussing aging, the way they thought
that they'd reach a plateau (like the mid-30s)
and all growth and change would stop, but
instead, they still have endless curiosity which
is what is so great about being human.

They also discuss the paradox of the fact that
we make up stories to connect our present selves
with our much younger selves (generating our
identities) which really were completely different
versions of ourselves as we're all changing,
with our cells completely regenerating every
7 years. We've already become completely
different people several times over, yet we
always remain quintessionally ourselves .


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Waking Life Boat Car 

Man driving a 'boat car' gives a young man
a lift, and offers some of his philosophy. His
vessel is see-worthy (s-e-e, see with your eyes)
... the idea is to remain on a state of constant
arrival while never departing ... the ride does
not require an explanation (just occupants)

... in life you're born with a bunch of crayons
(when you color, don't stay within the lines)
... another occupant tells the driver to drop
the young man off at a location, and the 
driver tells the young man that it's going
to determine the rest of his life ...


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Waking Life - Theory and Action 

4 young men walking through town, discussing
radical philosophies, run across an old man who
has climbed up a pole who doesn't offer why he
has done so and comment that "He's no worse
than us - he's all action and no theory, we're all
theory and no action."


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Waking Life - Fear or Laziness? 

Young man getting philosophical advice from
an elderly man in a bar, who offers, among
other comments, "... When you come to think
of it, almost all human behavior and activity
is not essentially any different from animal
behavior. The most advanced technologies and
craftsmanship bring up, at best, up to the super-
chimpanzee level. Actually, the gap between
say, Plato or Nietzsche and the average human,
is greater than the gap between 
that chimpanzee
and the average human ..."

and who sums up his philosophy with "What are
these barriers that keep people from reaching
anywhere near their real potential? The answer
to that can be found in anther question and that's
this: Which is the most universal human charac-
teristic, fear or laziness?"


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Waking Life - Dreams for Free 

Young man getting philosophical advice from another
young man playing a ukulele. The ukulele player offers
his perspective, opening with ... "I had a friend once
who told me that the worst mistake you could make
is to think that you are alive when really you're asleep
in life's waiting room ..."

and closing with "... A long hard day work, finally
you get to go home, get in bed, close your eyes, and
immediately you wake up and realize that the whole
day at work had been a dream. It's bad enough that
you sell your waking life for minimum wage, but now
they get your dreams for free."


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Self-destruction - Waking Life excerpt 

Young man getting philosophical advice from another
young man as they walk through town, who offers

"... self-destructive man feels completely alienated, 
utterly alone. He's an outsider to the human commun-
ity. He thinks to himself 'I must be insane.' What he
fails to realize is that society has, just as he does, a
vested interest in considerable losses, and catastro-
phes. ... man wants chaos, in fact he's got to have it ...

[fills up a small jug of gas]

... the media tries to put a sad face on these things,
painting them up as great human tragedies, but we
all know the function of the media has never been
to eliminate the evils of the world. No. Their job is
to persuade us to accept those evils, and get used
to living with them. The powers that be want us to
be passive observers. Got a match?

And they haven't given us any other options out-
side the occasional purely symbolic participatory
act of voting. You want the puppet on the right or
the puppet on the left?

[sits down, alone, in front of a building] I feel that
the time has come to project my own inadequacies
and dissatisfactions into the socio-political and
scientific schemes. Let my own lack of a voice be
heard."

[pours the gas over himself, lights it, dies]"


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Before now 

Young man and young woman [implied that
they're lovers], lying in bed and talking.

They contemplate about what if, in the last
6 to 12 minutes of life, they're imagining that
they're real, and what they perceive as reality
is really just a dream prior to their perceiving
that this alternate reality really was reality,
but really they could be old and just imagining
this alternate life, prior to their death.

They then discuss reincarnation, with people
always saying that they were somebody impor-
tant, like Cleopatra or Alexander the Great in
a previous life, when, she says "I really want to
tell them that they were probably some dumb
fuck like everybody else. ... I believe reincarna-
tion is a poetic expression of what collective
memory really is ...

there was this article by this biochemist that I
read not long ago, and he was talking about
how, when a member of a species is born, it has
a billion years of memory to draw on, and this
is where we inherit our instincts."

The segment ends with the young man comment-
ing on people sharing ideas and coming up with
things almost as if there actually was a connec-
tiveness between everyone, a commonality of
sharedness, and here are some of his final com-
ments:

"... it's like there's this whole telepathic thing
going on, that we're all a part of whether we're
conscious of it or not. I mean that would explain
why there's all these, you know, seemingly spon-
taneous worldwide innovative leaps in science
and the arts. You know, like, the same results
popping up everywhere, you know, independent
of each other.

Some guy on a computer, he figures something
out, and then almost simultaneously, a bunch
of other people all over the world figure out the
same thing. ... it's like we're all telepathically
sharing our experiences."


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