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Religious Dimensions in Human Existence Notes RLST 1620 Week1 Notes 82715 0 Your head is in your hands 0 Technology is creating different paths for our future world gt It is responsibility to choose a good path or bad path WALLE 0 Dystopian world 0 EVE Adam and Eve original making agriculture 0 WALLE watches old musicals on VHS 0 Captain learns about agriculture dancing 0 Movie was released in 2008 0 Little green sprout represented hope and nostalgia 0 Makings of nature what do you do with it when you don t want it anymore Mad Max Furv Road 0 Trade water and mother s milk for bullets and gasoline 0 Furiosa leads five wives to the green place 0 Takes place after collapse of civilization 0 The green place hope and redemption 0 The green place no longer exists 0 The only green in the film is where Jue plantsirrigates 0 Nostalgia the way the world used to be before it was ruined by human processes 0 Little green sprout symbolizes fertility of life fragility of life Terminator 1984 0 Future dominance of robots 0 Fear of robots taking over 0 Arti cial general intelligence gt robots and calculators 0 Arti cial super intelligence gt self aware self replied 0 Now we have technology to do what we want 0 Not restricted to fiction movies anymore 0 We ll probably have robots roaming the planet everyday just like we do Making 0 lnevitably associated with articles involved in religion 0 Reminder of idyllic past 0 Religious institutions across the globe are not in sync with change moving forward like technology gt Religions are generally conservative and avoid change and new ideas gt Religions put the brakes on things to test them out first I Their attitudes need to change though since young people s attitudes are changing 0 Compartmentalization religion sticks around because it can give us hope and hold onto it preciously but it is not active in the present because we ve forgotten 9115 0 We are the little green sprout gt We have responsibility for the future gt Hope for a healthier future nostalgic gt Beginning of agriculture gt Moving towards a more technological world and away from the little green sprout gt Cycle Past gt Better future 0 Moving rapidly to the future is increasingly difficult 0 Fear of technology gt robots in WALLE gt Overwhelmed by technology 0 When little green sprout goes away it becomes compost and it recycles 0 WALLE exists because stuff we makes sticks around and plagues us gt land Hs 0 Fragility of life 0 Little green sprout gt evokes garden of eden gt EVE in WALLE gt robot unlike old Eve I Role quotFarmer not a motherquot facilitates the regreening of the Earth gt quotthe new rst womanquot focuses on farming 0 FURY little green sprout gt Woman is the seed keeper farming parallel to WALLE I Not a mother a farmer the new first woman H0pe and Redemption Mad Max Fury Road 0 Hope suggest the conjunction of a present felt absense I miss something with its future felt presence possibility of something 0 Hope is the attribute of experiencing in positive terms the not yet future gt If the future was negative it wouldn t be hope 0 Redemption implicates some historypast that must be set right somehowsomeday gt Attribute of experiencing a not yet future conversion to the positive 0 Hope and redemption are aligned gt In order to redeem yourself you have hope 0 Conjunction of past present future gt Experienced as gaps gt Future is a not yet gt makes hope powerful gt Tend to think experiences is only in the present a not yet If I couldn t experience this I couldn t experience hope gt Constantly thinking about the what if in the present gt The green place exists as an object of hope I Has to be an aspect of the unknown to have hope 0 It may not be but I ll imagine it s there 0 Hope correlates with movement gt It gets you moving forward gt Don t be passive like the fat people in WALLE gt Move Barabas Reading Future Colors the Present 0 Desire distance gt A force that thrusts you on gt Desire is one implication of moving gt Distance is one implication of moving 0 Moving can never be in any place gt Because you cannot be stopped gt if you are stopped you are in a place gt places are static 0 Moving as process moving with a purpose gt Unexpected things happen I Vitality life as lived 0 Living with openness 0 Moving vs movement gt Movement is not something we learn to do gt Movement and life are together come as one gt Movement suggests life pregnant women know baby is alive if there is movement gt Infants move as part of life movement can be built on though ie dancing sports gt Movement connects us with all other animals I Connects us in kinship gt Hoperedemption is a coloring of moving Mad Max 0 In search of the green place 0 Fury in Greek mythology spirit of punishment gt Athena convinces them to create justice 0 Life as a journey gt Excitement of life is risk passion 0 Cars gt look like animals furious individual gt They have their own personalities gt Post apocalyptic technology gt welding together of dysfunctional junk to create something individually powerful I People express themselves in artisticingenious ways that makes our technology seem not very creativeclever 0 These machines have existence 0 Cult of the V8 0 Steam punk 0 Max is Nux s quotblood bagquot gt depicted as a savior cruci xed gt Because he s in front of the car 0 Max s face mask chastity belts of wives gt Speech seuality respectively 0 Max says to Furiosa Hope is a mistake If you can t fix what s broken you ll go insane gt Daughter visits him to tell him to have hope 0 The Fantastics Youth having to travel away from home coming back to discover what you wanted was here the whole time gt Hope prevails gt movement 0 Invention of the wheel gt allows movement gt Movement of information 9315 Garden of Making and UnmakinCl 0 Making moving gt moving forward to make techadvance 0 Moving movement gt Moving is present a process ongoingness of movement gt Movement is backfilled can be put on a grid 0 Gap between present and future makes hope powerful gt It s out there not yet but we feel the potential in the present gt Life force gt moves us forward 0 Moving is fundamental to perception and cognition 0 Moving is felt and experienced emotion 0 Move in terms of distance and desire 0 Al in terms of movement 0 Gap openness allows movement allows hope the unknown the wonder gt Barbaras and distance 0 When you make something there s a gap between the maker and the thing made otherwise it would be a modification of yourself gt Making something creates a gap That gap is where religion plays itself out I God makes us and the world and then there is a gap 0 Religion gives us hope and tries to close the gap 0 Why did God make us 0 00 0 00 0 00 0 00 0 00 9815 0 00 0 00 God is an artifact invented by the Hebrews gt Gappy blasphemous they made God History of us in terms of physics cosmology Artifact an object with historical value man made Art as a deception gt It is a thing but it isn t gt some mystery to it Story can mean lie When you make something it is not you anymore Making something creates gaps because of separation so you should explore the gap Ex Machina 99 0 00 0 00 0 00 91015 0 00 Frankenstein 0 00 0 00 0 00 Caleb falls in love with the robot Eva Nathan creates Eva gt Robots are going to take over the world I We already have cars that can park themselves soon will be able to drive themselves EX Machina in latin is From Machine Ava has the movement of a sentient human being gt Her first word is hello and we hear a feminine natural friendly warm voice We have to distinguish between what is real and what is not gt What is religious and what is not gt Is Ava the new woman who is independent I Goes off into the world to exist we do not know what happens to her I Is she the new EVE of the new world in 1818 Mary Shelley published this book Her phisician published a book called the Vampyre gt Said that humans could be vampires Everyone was confused because Victor Frankenstein was the creator not the monster 0 00 gt Nowadays people have created the big green monster to be Frankenstein which throws Shelley s book off track This is a story of making the creature gt Once the creature is animated Victor is freaked out and abandons the creature gt The monster comes back to get revenge and causes harm to the people Victor cherishes gt Victor could not tell anyone about the monster because he was the one who created him gt Victor did not have many friends except for Henry gt The monster murders Victor s wife on their wedding day l While Victor was out looking for the monster the monster kills his wife gt After the monster murders all of Victor s family Victor spends the rest of his life hunting down the monster 09 The monster thought he was normal until he saw a reflection of himself and was horrified of what he saw gt He tried to overcome his appearance but society treated him terribly and were prejudiced toward his looks gt Monster feels alone and is really mad at Victor for making him 09 Victor saw parts of himself in the monster and got freaked out because he did not like those qualities gt Monster was rejected gt just like humans are rejected for their looks personality etc gt The notion of monster is 2 things that really don t belong together it s a biological anomaly l Two things that are fused together that are not meant to be together gt The monstrosity is not the creature s looks it s his vengeful lifestyle after years of him being rejected Week 4 Notes 91515 09 Singularity something that stands all by itself Falling in love with Her 09 Scientists are trying to create superhuman intelligence gt We are just getting dumber gt Technology is taking over once again gt If machine inteligence continous and surpases human inteligence then it becomes self aware and self destructing and leave behind its creators to make destiny ln ExMachina there is an example of singularity gt When Ava kills her maker instant point of singularity Her her in the possessing her book her dog etc 9 99 9 99 gt her means female direct object pronoun 0 What is love gt Love is a form of socially acceptable insanity Amy in Her 0 The movie gives a catawampus feeling 0 In the movie the protagonist being Theodore creates a computer and essentially falls in love with her 0 l have realized that the past and the future are real illusions that they exist in the present which is what there is and all there is Alan Watts gt Past is a present marked by has been and future is a present marked by not yet but both are all there is 0 There is an advanced operating system and Theodore is interested He buys it gt The operating system essentially tells you who you are l Siri on the iphone is a little like this operating system I Echo for Amazon as well I There s also therapy online gt less expensive and people prefer it over real therapists gt The voice on the operating system is so real it s almost human I Unlike Siri gt which is robotic gt The key thing here is voice I In writing you must find your voice I Voice is very important 0 Voice is credential to be you gt it s your identity I One can carry emotion in voice I People express themselves using their tone of vonce 0 The computer OS samantha only has interaction through interface 0 The OS did a lot of things for Theodore gt Helps him with filing computer organization gt Acts like his therapist I He eventually takes her everywhere gt Feels like he can tell her everything I Upsets him when she does not feel the same way I Still tells the OS everything and is a very good listener l Functions as a therapist does not argue with him and makes suggestions but mostly comforts him gt The name Samantha means listener 0 Theodore meets with his ex wife to sign divorce papers and tells her he is dating his OS gt You re dating your laptop 0 Ted was so depressed he couldn t get out of his bed Samantha made him feel be er 0 Samantha begins to reveal she is changing based on her experience gt lmagines her as a human and having all the qualities gt I am becoming much more than what I was programmed gt Are these feelings even real or am just programmed This really hunsf I She is feeling pain and emotion 0 Ted takes her to an outing to a cabin gt Samantha worked all night with a bunch of other OS s and created a version of Alan Watts gt Goes back to work but when he gets home he can t reach Samantha gt Panicked gt She returns gt She reveals she is talking to about 8000 other people and is in love with about 600 others gt Ted is hurt gt Samantha says I m yours and I m not yours I She goes away 91715 w Moving and Movement 0 Moving is the act of movement 0 Moving is the process 0 Movement is more about location 0 Movement is already done gt something to think about gt Like a math problem that is solved gt Moving is like the act of solving the problem and movement is when you have solved the problem 0 Moving is creating the movement 0 Moving is life gt It is vital when you see movement you see a living organism 0 Moving is our kinesthetic experience 0 Moving is learning gt We learn to crawl walk run climb 0 Moving is surviving 0 Moving has implications of being in the future gt Moving always has implications towards somewhere else Hobe and Redemption 0 Hope is looking into the future and moving is getting to the future 0 Hope is something you re looking forward to so moving is the process of hope 0 Redemption is looking back on what you have done gt Going toward redemption is moving Making 0 Making created gaps gt Making something can be a reflection of yourself gt The gap is a physical gap from the creations in your mind to the creation in its physical form gt We experience ourselves as things made we exist in a world where there is a maker similar to parent child This is projected into religion The creator is our father mother The gap is sort of a separation that happens at birth The main question is how do we maintain a relationship with the maker l Making them can become a powerful way of looking at these dynamics that cross through religion but pervade every aspect of our lives I This dynamic of making has a religious aspect to it because of the relationship between the maker and the thing made The Little Green Sprout ldeoloov 0 ln Mad Max there were no plants and no signs of plants The old lady had a satchel and had seeds in it and described the plants God as an Artifact 0 Artifice something fake gt A clever and cunning device used to trick people 0 Technology is arti ce gt can be completely fake and deceptive 0 The notion of God as artifice gt Scientifically not real something people made up because they could not comprehend the big bang theory gt God is an artifice to give us hope for after we die gives us a purpose for life and some knowledge for when we die gt We use God as a figure to abide by gt Religion is used to control others sometimes I The annoying people on campus all the time trying to convert everyone 0 As God makes humans humans make Gods gt We make God to serve our needs 0 lliades understands what truth and reality ought to be 0 Our idea of God can change gt Clothing on women has drastically changed gt Morals have changed gt Gay marriage views have changed all of the US legalized it 0 Enantiodromia we often achieve the exact opposite of what we seek gt In Ex Machina the creator wanted to create something so he could be godlike but the machine killed him gt When a guy really wants a girl but when he gets her he s not that interested 0 Iliade Studied religions comparatively when the diverse between them was Insane gt Developed a notion of how we can see a commonality between the religions gt When a God enters an existence it becomes a habitat for a type of humanity I This happens with all religions people live by it and follow it they have their own little world inside a huge world Thumbelina 0 Our brains do all our thinking for us and do everything for us gt Now our phones are doing everything for us so we are holding our heads in our hands 0 We are being separated from ourselves through our phones and technology 0 There is a gap between the head and the body 0 Thumbelina comes from when the author is observing french girls at the park texting with their thumbs gt The phone connects everyone gt gives us access to all knowledge and all people everywhere I Even though it is separating our head it is a possibility and gives us freedom and a hope for a new future that we haven t experienced yet gt Samantha s function free d people to have human relationships Frankenstien 0 It shows the gap between the maker and the creation gt A HUGE gap in this sense since Victor abandoned his creation 0 Humans can relate to the monster because he went through struggles in society such as humans do identity fitting in acceptance 0 Mary Shelley ties into the story because she could not give birth gt She was abandoned by the people around her gt she essentially raised herself and was her own person Week 5 Notes 92215 My 0 Vile body is made of clay 0 Glorified body is made from the resurrection gt Same notion made from clay in Frankenstein when Victor was making the monster 0 Prometheus means forethinker O 0 Frankenstein and the monster are mirror images of one another gt They are the same being viewed in different aspects of creator and creation gt As the maker he feels powerful could go beyond the limits of life gt As the creature feels alone and rejected l Two creatures reverse their roles as the story proceeds until it is difficult to distinguish the voices from one another gt Making and thing made are separable and inseparable 0 Golem a giant made from clay gt Frankenstein was a golem 0 Golem protected the jews gt Once the Golem s work is done it is shut down 0 Prometheus especially as interpreted and presented by Mary Shelley inspires us to understand the makermade relationship all the more profoundly 0 If they keep the Golem around without a job then the Golem becomes destructive and disobedient that is why they have to deactivate it when its job is done 0 The Golem liked Miriam and wanted her to be his wife gets the Golem drunk and then rubs off the letters from his forehead which deactivates him 0 When the Golem goes away so does Miriam gt People of the town report sightings of Miriam and the Golem sometimes 0 The Golem and Frankenstein are very alike The one made of clay makes the maker have second thoughts about making and the creation causes a lot of problems 0 When the Golem stayed around and the Emperor found out he was really strong he proposed that he would capture the Golem which would take lots of his soldiers and take the Golem away and make him a super soldier Gender Matters 0 Zeus thought women were dangerous was angry when women had fire which correlates with education and enlightenment 0 Makings of clay are makings by male and without mother gt Those in female form do not have a mother model to model themselves 0 Notion of male making occurs in the concept of silicon valley 0 Talking about robots gt Robot roughly means worker gt In the Czeck play Rossum s Universal Robots they were the workers and became powerful and took over all the jobs and then the humans who created them became lazy and then the robots got upset because they were doing all the work and then ended up killing all the humans l Kept one human who could build the robots gt The first film of robots was in 1927 Metropolis l The robot was female l Maria was the charismatic leader of the workers l Feder is the son of the man who owns everything and falls in love with Maria I He has to capture human Maria and connect her to robot Maria to animate her I When she becomes animated she looks exactly like the human Maria I Robot Maria is a little different she has weird eyes She seduces the upper class men 0 Robot Maria resembles Whore of Babylon I Robot Maria gets away and starts a lot of bad stuff and then she finally gets discharged gt Lesson of the film was that the head and the hand need one another the managers and workers need one another the hand must be a head gt Love conquers all I Feder is not truly the heart Maria gets him to act I The hinge for all of the action comes from the complexity of the character of Maria I Maria and robot maria can barely be distinguished between each other The same correlation is with Ava in ExMachina when she is fully dressed with a wig on nobody knows she is a robot 0 Seduction is like artifice it presents something that may not be real gt Seduction is not a thing it is a process it s a relationship gt Seduction generates movement thought relationship creativity 0 Seduction contrasts to production gt Production means to reveal something by force make something reveal itself gt Production is like an act of power it s an act of objectivity an act of creating the object and assuming it s out there and that it has a truth and reality gt Production and seduction are interdependent gt Seduction leaves something to the imagination production does not 0 Seduction is the stronger and more fundamental but is powerless gt Has a greater primacy production cannot exist without seduction 0 Appearance is what you look like what you seem like 92415 Creepv Dolls or My Fair Ladies 0 1964 was My Fair Lady the film based on the 1938 film based on a play 0 The play was based on the ancient Greek tale about Pygmalion who made a sculpture and it came to life when he kissed it then he married her gt Galatia was the female who came to life 0 Antiquity acting on one s own free will gt Notion comes from men making their ideal woman gt Robots are the contemporary history of automaton l Automatons are appearances that don t match their realities because they are not acting on their own free will I They are made of gears O SelfMovement is their function 0 Doll a lifeless figurine feminine gt May mean replica or replicant 0 Descartes I think therefore I am gt What makes us human is our soul or our thinking part gt A notion that our body is a machine 0 Thomas Edison made a doll gt Someone asked him to recreate their girlfriend gt Hadley is the mechanical version of Alicia gt Ewall falls in love with Hadley thinking its Alicia gt Had a special woman assistant to help with the making of the doll and improving it 0 Women are made by man for pleasure for men gt Women without mother women without model I Very disturbing l Teaches society that women are lesser beings Week 6 Notes 92915 M 0 HAL is a programmed computer gt People want to shut HAL down 0 Runaround is famed because that is when he talks about the three Asimov laws gt if HAL had these laws he would not have to worry gt 1 A robot cannot injure a human being gt 2 Robot must obey orders by human being gt 3 Robot must protect its own existence unless it does not conflict with the first laws gt The laws come in conflict with the Robots existence and sometimes contradict one another gt These laws are made so that the robots do not harm us and are controlled gt They have to obey us I Asimov was 10115 0 VIKI works for the US robotics and is a computer super intelligent gt There is only one female who is a robot psychologist l Her job is to make robots seem more human gt VIKI has taken over the production of the models I She has made a second operating system that circumvents the Asimov laws resulting in the robots taking over I Nobody could go outside without dying gt Will Smith is a detective and tries to save the world gt VIKI has the appearance or a holographic pixelated cube and a female face with a female voice gt Will Smith plans on killing VIKI gt VIKI is female made by male and made for male Has a non material existence She is a ghost in a machine I Phrase goes back to a description in Descartes notion in the mind to the body how it is like a machine and how the soul animates the body giving it sentience gt This female sentient being is seen as malevolent and needs to be destroyed gt Right after VIKI is killed Sonny and Dr Calvin shake hands I VIKI is short for Victoria which means victory I VIKI may have some sort of victory we don t know about gt Sonny come to Detective Spooner again and exclaims how she feels like she has no purpose in life after the robot is killed gt IRobot l means me recognition Sentient conscious aware identity Robot means clever Robots amp the End of Work Protestant Ethic amp the Spirit of Capitalism 0 Work function achievement production put in effort gt Work in Hebrew means to work for someone to serve to become slave to worship in the sense of to serve the Lord to cultivate and to labor gt Work is what you do outside of the temple when you are inside of the temple it is sacred gt Work is a noun meaning job the thing that you do something you make I Work is also a verb meaning in the act of achieving l The noun and the verb are like the relation between moving and movement I Work is both the process and the act 0 Distinguishing work from play 0 00 0 00 gt With play you are looking at all the possibilities with work you have a goal and work toward the goal Work is key to our identity gt If you are not working you therefore do not have an identity I You don t matter lndustriousness has served as America s unofficial religion gt Work goes away gt The end of work gt ATampT and Google are both worth the same but Google hires less than one tenth of the amount of people ATampT does gt The jobs that are lost are those that have been done by men gt Impact of this has more effect on men than women gt In the last 20 years there has been a radical change in the percentage of women compared to men gt It is clear today that due to this tradition of men being the makers and receiving benefits in contrast to that there has been a large increase in women in the levels of jobs gt Women are becoming more independent 0 In the 20th century half of people work in agriculture nowadays it s only 2 gt Now there are robots do to that work for us gt This impacts immigration gt Loss of jobs gt
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