Mariñas, Anna Beatrice F. STS May 16, 2014
2011-78869 Inception Prof Juned Sonido
Many have shared good word about this movie on dreams and I was intrigued, but intrigue was not enough motivation for me to watch the movie on my own. At first, Inception was just another movie occupying space in my hard drive, but upon watching it for class, the intricacy of the plot gradually earn the movie more respect from me. This science-fiction movie combines scientific fact and fiction and binds them together with cinematography and art flawlessly. Aside from providing entertainment, it seeks to understand an interesting branch of science that studies dreaming, the conscious and the unconscious and how it affects us daily.
It personally implies that 21st century science seeks to explore uncharted waters of the vast ocean of science. The first “Age of Exploration” brought about the emergence of colonies and imperialism, this second “Age of Exploration” aims to explore a world that transcends physical boundaries and map out pathways of new studies. This produces possibilities that will project into permanent stepping stones of science. The idea of extractors, limbo, totem, the kick, inception and etcetera tinkers with concepts that are strange, but more so, not impossible
I see this new working theory as a great aid to medical professionals seeking to understand problems of the troubled. Teachers would be able to critically analyze a child’s behavior and therefore construct more appropriate lesson plans; lawyers would get a glimpse of the defendant’s side of the truth and likewise be able to weigh decisions more fairly. On the other side of the coin, although these ideas may be useful, inception also presents issues regarding invasion of privacy, hypnotizing, tampering with one’s consent, copyright ownership, slavery, and possibly even terrorism. Likened to Mal and Cobb’s relationship, entering someone’s subconscious may destroy relationships.
Science is not omnipotent; it may disrupt the natural occurrence of sleeping and the dreaming schedule, also, blurring the boundary between reality and fantasy which then tampers with the life of the subject or the dreamer. I do wonder whether inception, fiction as it may be, is feasible for animals. In psychology, the sleep theory suggest that animals sleep in certain patterns to avoid predators, but what it the predators are no long in the field, but in your mind? Can this be addicting, produce hallucinations and dependence?
Science is speeding on the highway through each scientific and technological discovery. It only amazes us at how we use the information we have to propel ourselves forward. But we must utilize scientific information and technology in accordance with the boundaries of acceptable moral social practices. This I think sets the greatest debate in the field of science. We are excited at the thought of new and noble ideas that we fail to consider human rights and limitations. In this day and age where we are challenged to balance human and machine, I hope we scrutinize between the two intelligently.