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on free will and the cylons [Feb. 26th, 2005|09:29 pm]
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What we know:

1. Cylons are monotheistic, human refugees are marginally polytheistic or agnostic, if not atheistic.
2. Cylons and human refugees are apparently capable of interbreeding.
3. Cylons have a transferrable soul entity.
4. Cylons believe that god has taken the right to rule over creation away from humanity.
5. Cylons recognise they were originally created by humanity.

BSG is providing a compelling philosophical undercurrent, much more interesting than B5, for instance.

I am sucked into this show. I am very glad to hear it will make it to a second season. I am seeing the philosophical undercurrent of the show to be one of free will versus what I want to call "destinationism": the belief that one is compelled to believe and follow one's assigned path. Cylonism seems to be telling the story of a deity entity who has believed that the fundamental flaw of human existence is that of free will.

It is an interesting philosophical argument, because it overlaps nicely with my own personal study of the ethical elements of fascism.
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[User Picture]From: bronxelf_ag001
2005-02-27 02:52 am (UTC)

Standard Response to BG related posts.

I say this alla time in my LJ, so forgive me if youve heard this one before... but ghost1 is responsible for all the foley, sfx and sound editing on BG, and often talks about his job in his LJ. He doesnt post all the often but he's always willing to talk about his job when he does. He was nominated for an Emmy this past year.

And you know, I think he's neato.

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[User Picture]From: bronxelf_ag001
2005-02-27 02:56 am (UTC)

Re: Standard Response to BG related posts.

Oh, and Im a dork, cause I forgot to mention that sunfell is interested in the very same aspects that you mention in your post-- she was just commenting on these same things, albeit in a different way, in her lj tonight. Might make for some interesting exchange of ideas.

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[User Picture]From: gen
2005-02-27 03:34 am (UTC)
An odd question, but since I don't have access to the show (no cable) I can't see it for myself. But the original series had heavy mormon inspirations, which was kind of neat because most folks use Roman Catholics as a religious basis. How is the new series comparatively?
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2005-02-27 03:44 am (UTC)
worth netflixing as soon as it becomes possible to do so. Intensely, unrelentingly dark, if you like that sort of thing.

I have the Book of Mormon on my todo pile, and my mad ignorance of mormonism in general handicaps me as to whether or not this allegory is likewise captured in the new series. I've read that the old series, for its "humans escaping the cylons" thesis, pretty much every planet they run into is human infested... whereas the new series treats the concept of being a renegade much more faithfully.

It seems to be doing it's own thing, religiously-wise: the series is too young, though, to see where they're going with some of the threads.
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[User Picture]From: hbergeronx
2005-02-27 06:36 am (UTC)
if you don't mind Realplayer, you can watch Episode 1 of the series online at http://www.scifi.com/battlestar/

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