BWAAAAAHM | J@N | 12.1.10

BWAAAAAHM | J@N | 12.1.10

Back in July, a little film was released by the name of Inception. The boys at J@N gave the movie a brief review at the time, but now it’s time to dig into the MEAT. Is the movie too smart? Is it symbolic of something more than dreams? What does that freaky ending mean!?

During our review we’re likely to dig into the ideas of lucid dreaming and why it is that humans feel the need to fall unconscious and hallucinate vividly for several hours a day, and why Inception is filled with bad science despite being a good film.

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If you haven’t seen Inception, it’s worth watching.  And you might want to watch it BEFORE you watch this episode.  Unless you don’t care that we’ll be giving away the whole dang plot.

io9 predicted a FLOP back in July
Christopher Nolan debunks your ending theories
Is Inception too smart for audiences to follow?

Great Film, Bad Science

  • Fully realized landscapes of incredible detail and scale
  • Independently-active “NPCs”, even while the dreamer is no longer experiencing that dream
  • The speed of sleep worlds, and the ridiculous assertion that a dream within a dream is actually a dreamer’s mind dreaming a dream world within, and that somehow makes it ok to “think” 144x faster than we do while we’re awake?
  • “The brain is also incredibly energy-hungry, using about 20 per cent of our calories despite only making up about two per cent of our body weight. A brain that uses 90 per cent of that energy to create ludicrously intricate 3D brain models that work 144 times as fast as reality, but only lets you see them when you’re asleep, would be a ridiculous waste of precious raw materials.”

Daniel C Dennett’s “Consciousness Explained”

  • Proposes the idea of “epistemic hunger” wherein dreams are created by one part of your brain asking a question that another part answers.  Dream “worlds” are created only as necessary for us to experience them.
  • If you are in a house in your dream, the world beyond the walls doesn’t exist because it doesn’t have to.

Inception is about the shared dream of film making

Another mind-f*ck movie coming soon:  Black Swan
The trailer starts with, “I had the craziest dream last night…” and then proceeds to live out the same dream she’s describing, but with frightening visuals and circumstances.


Lucid Dreaming – a FAQ
* Lucid dreaming has been researched scientifically, and its existence is well established.


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