Exploring Consciousness in Film: The Cognitive Revolution

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How have films engaged the problem of other minds? In this video essay, I discuss cinematic explorations into consciousness in the context of the cognitive revolution that has challenged many of the basic assumptions about what was for a long time believed to be a uniquely human trait.

Sources:
Frans de Waal – Are we smart enough to know how smart animals are? amzn.to/2LM3un4

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Featured films, in order of appearance:
Arrival
2001: A Space Odyssey
Ex Machina
Chappie
Blade Runner 2049
Prometheus
Annihilation
Interstellar
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
War for the Planet of the Apes
Okja

Correction: the quote at the end is actually from Isaac Asimov, not Frans de Waal
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