Short Art Film Resembles Theocracide

I just saw the most amazing short film. You must spend 8 minutes at:

http://venturebeat.com/2012/07/27/sight-systems/

This is frighteningly close to the world I imagined for my up-coming book, Theocracide. My head is still spinning. How did they get my idea?

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4 thoughts on “Short Art Film Resembles Theocracide

  1. Wow. Disturbing especially because it seems so plausible. I haven’t read Theocricide, but this film DOES remind me of something else I saw elsewhere about an up-and-coming technology of glasses that link to the net and to hyperlinks embedded in other people’s glasses, their cell phones, store fronts, etc. so that you get a constant feed of information about what you’re seeing when you walk down the street. So maybe this is on many people’s minds these days. But this simultaneity also reminds me of Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic resonance that explains phenomena like the Axial Age, and the simultaneous emergence of agriculture in separate parts of the world, etc. He posits that there’s a non-material morphic field that picks up new forms (habits, ideas, crystal patterns, etc.), which then have a causal effect on subsequent forms. It’s explained better on p. 126 of this article: http://www.sheldrake.org/B&R/booksuk/Armstrong_ScienceDelusion.pdf
    Sheldrake is dismissed by many scientists, and I’m not enough of one myself to give an intelligent or informed opinion, but his theory is fascinating, in any case, and the phenomena he points to to support his case are really interesting in and of themselves.

    • This is interesting. I’ve seen comparisons of key mathematical or scientific discoveries that seem to come up in more than one place at the same time. If that’s what happened here, I’m really excited to be a part of it!

  2. You’re right, James, that video offers an unsettling glimpse into the future. Interesting comment that the video parallels segments from your plot. Quite uncanny. I’ve had similar experiences with my latest novel about religious fanatics going amock. A couple of segments written over a year ago have shown up in real life recently on the news. Is art imitating life or is life imitating art?

    • Several authors, including recently Neal Stephenson, have suggested that the ideas imagined and brought to life by artists become the seed of future engineers. Jules Verne wrote of submarines and missions to the moon which were later made real. I’ve had a lot of discussions about how the 60’s social reform stemmed from key books by Vonnegut, Heinlein, and others. So I agree, you can’t unknit the connection between art and life.

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