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Brist på själslig insikt?: Utomjordingar och deras forskning kring människan i Dark City
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Lack of spiritual understanding? : Aliens and their research about humans in Dark City (English)
Abstract [en]

The paper examines how human inner properties and the interpretation of the external worldare explained and presented in Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998). Aspects as the relationship between the body and soul/consciousness, body snatching, memory transferences and dystopian cities are analyzed. The field of study is compared to a general science-fiction film perspective regarding the aspects. Dark City contains an alien race with a common mind, but who lacks soul and individuality. They represent what humanity can become if the scientific development goes too far. They conduct research about the human soul to save their own race. They fail to reach the soul trough scientific experiments, which include memory transferences. The only remaining explanation is that the soul has an immaterial origin. This is against the common materialistic view in the current science-fiction genre; the inner aspects are to a large extent explained from a cognitive/neural perspective. This means that Dark City implicit criticize movies and theories which states that we may be able to understand and create copies of the human consciousness.

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2012. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Dark City, Alex Proyas, Science fiction, paranoid fantasy, body snatching, memory transference, soul, consciousness, dystopian cities, Daniel Schreber
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-13020Local ID: FIV D-2OAI: diva2:516440
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Film Studies
2012-03-26, 1 D 341, Karlstad universitet, Karlstad, 13:00 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-05-03 Created: 2012-04-18 Last updated: 2012-05-03Bibliographically approved

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