“The Martian” and the role of facts in social/political evolution

October 5th, 2015 at 7:56 am

Went to the movies this weekend and enjoyed the new film The Martian, starring Matty D. Besides being really entertaining, I thought it embodied some mission critical messages for our dysfunction era. OTOH, feel free to tell me I’m overthinking it…over at WaPo.

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4 comments in reply to "“The Martian” and the role of facts in social/political evolution"

  1. wrsherman53@gmail.com says:

    Extreme Trivia Note: There actually WAS a low-budet sci-fi move back in the late sixties called Robinson Crusoe on Mars and it wasn’t as bad as you might think.


  2. Amateur says:

    No, not overthought. I would only point out the danger of pushing individuals to reach too far beyond their own power in the face of totally dysfunctional social systems. In some sense, I think it is a bit counterproductive for people to try to change individual symptoms of the larger dysfunction at this time. We can’t hope to peck away at individual social problems when the entire system of democracy has been rendered obsolete by money.

    I think the foremost priority has to be fixing the system itself, and that is going to require constitutional changes. The fact that this is not talked about every day by our leading politicians is probably one cause for people shrugging it off. We keep voting, and the representatives keep getting distracted by the money. The smoothest path for a system like this is for the people in positions of power to take the lead in changing the system instead of pecking away at the other problems. There are rougher paths where people take matters into their own hands.

    I don’t think there will be any grass roots movement strong enough to overcome leaders unwilling to take on the largest problem. Those who deem themselves worthy leaders have to prove it. So far most of them haven’t done it.

  3. Tammy says:

    I don’t want to post this in the WaPo, as it may appear “off-topic.” I think there are aliens in the blue background of the new Windows 10 home page.