Love John Kenneth Muir’s examination of one of the most controversial films of the 00s. I love it, Roger Ebert too, and my bride hate, hate, hates it.
– Thomas à Kempis (1380 – 1471 AD)
Astrophysicist, professor, and widower John Koestler (Nicolas Cage) debates with his students the competing values of “Determinism” and “Free Will” (or The “Random.”) The mechanisms of the Universe, he is certain, operate by one of these governing principles.
If Creation is of a Determinist nature, everything occurs for a reason. There is order in the universe…purpose.
On the other hand, if “Shit Just Happens,” and the universe is random in nature, Existence itself is the result of a chain of complex accidents with “no grand meaning,”…
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