Sunday, May 18, 2014

Arrenzo Paul C. Perea


     Because dreams are written in the mind with little or no conscious participation, it is difficult to unravel their mysteries. Since the beginning of the age of man, people have been studying the different functions of the human being. How we move, how we speak, and for the most part these physiological behaviors have been explained, or at least understood on some level. However, when it comes to topics pertaining to the mind, or psychological matters, psychologists and researchers have been confused about certain areas for a long time. Many of the things that go on inside of our mind do not make sense or do not have any definite explanation. One of these psychological matters is the idea of dreams. Dreaming is an example of subconscious awareness that is often thought of as an extension of reality.
The movie titled “Inception” explains a different form and interpretation of the dream state. In the movie, the dreamer is in conscious and is aware of the things happening around him. The dreamer can design the dream, control the things around, share his dream to another, and dream within a dream. That is, the dreamer can go deep down and dream again. In the movie, they used the term extraction, to extract information from someone in the dream. Cobb, acted by Leonardo DiCaprio, infiltrates the minds of other men to steal their ideas. He is hired to do the opposite, to introduce an idea to another’s mind. He assembled a team, with his longtime associate, a master of deception, a chemist, and an architect to design the dream. They used inception to fulfill their mission to plant an idea to a young billionaire that will lead to the surrender of his corporation. As they go down deep in the dream, layer by layer, Cobb’s memories of his wife, Mal, started to appear and distract Cobb’s mind. His wife appeared as they go down in the dream because of his grief and guilt that he is the reason that his wife has died. In the last scene, where he woke up from the dream and went to see his children, the movie was cut before the totem, a spinning top, falls. The movie is left unsolved as viewers was left with a question whether Cobb is in reality or is locked forever in his dream.
     The most interesting part of the movie for me was the last scene where the totem was left spinning. For me, Cobb is in reality because, as far as I remember what I saw from the movie, the totem is about to wobble. But for the director, he made the ending unsolved to confuse the viewers and challenge them to think and try to figure out the answer. I consider this movie one of the coolest, and inspired me to the same, to dream within a dream. Time will come and these interpretations of dreams would no longer be theories but laws that will explain dreams in a clearer view that is supported by evidences and the significance of our dreams. The answer to the mysteries behind dreams is the gateway to a greater reality.


     “The Sandkings” is a scientific television series, based on the short story/novelette Sandkings written by George R. R. Martin. Both the television series and the novelette focused on creatures called sandkings. These creatures live in sand and form colonies. From the series, these sandkings were describes as Martian. That is it is from outer space particularly from Mars. They form two distinct groups, the red group and the white group. On the other hand, from the novelette, they form four colonies, red, white, black and orange. It took place in the distant future on a far planet colonized by humans. As described from the novelette, each colony consists of a large female called the maw, and numerous insect-like mobiles. The maw is immobile, but controls the mobiles through telepathy. The mobiles hunt, forage, and build, and bring food back to the maw, which digests it and passes tube nutrients on to the mobiles. Each colony has constructed a castle out of sand around the maw, and the creatures fight coordinated wars and battles with one another. The sandkings decorated their castles with the likeness of the things they see around them even the face of the one feeding them and they practically eat anything.
     From the television series, Simon Kress, the protagonist, is a scientist who is interested with this creatures. His research was aborted because one of his specimens escaped his lab. Bu he did not agree with the abandonment and decides to continue his experiments in his barn not knowing that this creatures where dangerous because of his desire to receive a Nobel Prize. On the other hand from the novelette, Kress was a wealthy playboy who loves to collect dangerous, exotic animals. He bought this creatures from a store and starve them. Even with the differences, both version had the same climax of the story as Cath, Simon’s love interest reported as the creatures continued to evolve and be violent. From the series, Simon became so possessed by the creatures. He even wanted to remove his wife from his life and as a result, he was left behind by his son and his wife. He then became insane believing he is the God of the sandkings. The sandkings became so violent that they ate even human. His son decided to return to the barn to look for his dad. Simon then realized that what he has done was wrong so he decided to stay and terminate the sandkings by burning them. In the ending of the episode, a colony of sandkings is shown surviving in the wilderness.
     The television series brought Martin’s novelette into life. The television series was made very interesting because of the suspense it gave to the viewer. The show gave suspense whenever the creatures started to attack and gave the chills where the creatures grew disgusting. The series gave interesting idea to the viewers about science and fiction. The lesson from the story is that modern science pursues power and too much desire for power brings destruction.

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