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Interstellar Science Fact

There’s a new film out. A science fiction jobbie. It’s called interstellar

I haven’t seen it and I’m not sure I want to.

It’s not that science fiction is my thing but unfortunately I’m not too keen on the story line.

Interstellar is a 2014 science fiction film directed by Christopher Nolan. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy and Michael Caine, the film features a team of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new habitable planet.

So the impression I get is that the story is that the earth is in a mess and so we go looking for another planet to live on instead. The plan is to restart people and prevent their extinction in a new home on a new planet.

Why can’t they make a film about sorting out the mess for a change?

Crazy, foolish, impossible notions about non-existent, inhabitable planets that will solve our problems make me really mad.

This type of fantasy is just the kind of thing that people are good at. Fantasy. Irresponsible, crazy dreamland.

Yet in the cinema, crunching up sweet wrappers and dropping straws, sit the reality; people who can’t be responsible. No fantasy there. Jump in your big car and drive home.

In the film the problem is caused by a blight. I’m assuming this means that the world can’t support itself. Blight is a disease that wipes our crops.

According to IMDb the cause is this:

In the near future, Earth has been devastated by drought and famine, causing a scarcity in food and extreme changes in climate. When humanity is facing extinction, a mysterious rip in the space-time continuum is discovered, giving mankind the opportunity to widen its lifespan.

Hmmm. Let me think.

Drought, famine, scarcity of food and extreme changes in climate. In the near future.

So maybe there’s less fiction in this tale than we think.

Extreme Temperatures
Today, much of America is experiencing abnormally cold weather with zero degree temperatures and six feet of snow in one day. It’s not typical November weather. A couple of weeks ago I picked strawberries. That means the plants were still flowering in late October. These plants are mostly meant to flower in spring. They should be losing leaves and feeling the cold just now.

Famine
In South Sudan a threat of severe and widespread famine is evident now too. According to the fao website 11% of the world population is undernourished -805 million people.

Drought
California is in the midst of a severe, three year drought. According to some views apparently it’s the worst since the 16th century! This big, food-producing area has been very badly hit.

Meanwhile the current Ebola death rate has passed 5,000. This image from Forbes.com makes it pretty clear.

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Looks nasty to me.

Meanwhile investing in space exploration is pretty topical.
Rosetta the space craft has landed on a comet.

It has cost 1.4 billion euros and more than ten years for that object the size of a fridge to land on the comet.

I’m impressed with science, but really.

When there’s so much terrible stuff going on here, should we be so focussed in the stars?

And of course the film seems more like a documentary than science fiction now.

If only people could focus on facing up to reality and changing our habits instead of romantic notions.

Then I wondered how does the film end?

Hope no one has a problem with spoilers.

If so don’t read on.

It seems that after plenty of cliff hanging and shilly shallying as impending failure moments, the planet earth is evacuated and rehoused!

(I have a rule that I won’t swear on this blog)

But I’m finding it very hard not to!

Happy ending everyone. How lovely!

What the……

….. What’s the point.

One of the most important films I watched was An Inconvenient Truth. It says it all really.

There is no planet B.

The mess we’ve made is rising up around us while we all go to the movies.

Sorry not the most cheerful post.

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18 comments on “Interstellar Science Fact

  1. OmniRunner
    November 25, 2014

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    I have not gone into each one and checked them out extensively but they do have tweets that discuss the issues.

    The first two are the same company/person and they have several twitter handles.

    Just thought you might like these.

    Cheers – Andy

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  2. John Coleman
    November 25, 2014

    Not a cheerful post, but excellent! When are we going to wake up and stop being so miserable to our mother? Nevertheless, peace, John

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    • lizard100
      November 25, 2014

      Thanks John. Though i dont think we are going to wake up.

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  3. MistressCinder
    November 25, 2014

    I always thought it was funny that people would say ‘Save the Earth.’ When really we should be saying ‘Save the Human race and the animals.’ If we continue to screw everything up, the Earth will still be here, but we and most every creature we know will be extinct…

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    • lizard100
      November 25, 2014

      I’m kind if keen on the idea of accountability. I guess id go for ‘clean up the mess on the earth’

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      • MistressCinder
        November 25, 2014

        I did see this movie. There were things I liked about it and things I didn’t but I gave chose to focus on the good things. Like there was a movie about space and science in a positive way. There were female scientists and astronauts who were portrayed as equals and/or more intelligent that their male counterparts. A woman solves the space colonization problem using clues sent by her father. The heart of the movie his a love story about a father and his daughter over time and space. The father encouraged the daughter’s love of Science and wanted her to succeed. Unfortuately, there are still not a lot of movies like that.

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      • lizard100
        November 25, 2014

        Thats good to hear. Gender balance is another area im interested in.

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  4. Debra
    November 25, 2014

    I love scifi but I felt horrified when I first heard about this film. What we do not need is yet another imagining about how to escape the mess we have created. It reminds me of the whole climate issue. People got excited about the new space project to measure CO2 in the atmosphere but we are WAY past the need for measurement. Scientists have known since the 1960s that CO2 emissions were causing global climate change. What we need is a way of imagining repair. And then to use all our resources to working to that end. But I am not at all surprised that spinning us away from the real issue is the focus of this film considering Nolan’s other projects.

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  5. Ann
    November 25, 2014

    Hmmm, would I attempt to critique the film I haven’t seen? Definitely not. I have seen the film and the whole point of it is to realise that there is no plan B and people will have to sort the mess out themselves, with the help of science in particular. There is no “planet earth evacuated and rehoused” at the end of it.

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    • lizard100
      November 25, 2014

      Thats interesting. I wasn’t reviewing the film but considering the concept that is so often a topic of films that there’s another planet out there.
      Also that so much investment is made in space exploration today looking for that other planet rather than in treating our planet with more respect.
      Equally little commitment to sorting the mess out can be seen day to day from so many people.
      I wonder whwther many audience members will make a commitment to sorting the mess out after seeing it.

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  6. tootlepedal
    November 25, 2014

    There is no Planet B indeed. That needs saying every week.

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  7. expatlingo
    November 26, 2014

    It certainly must be cheaper/easier to fix the problems here on Earth than re-house 7 billion people to another planet! Nice post.

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  8. Kim in Fiji
    December 2, 2014

    “There is no Planet B” is a great line and should become a motto so familiar as to be a cliche. As for INTERSTELLAR – I want to see it because many of my “green” friends have praised it highly as serving as a clear warning. I cannot imagine how a movie about really cleaning up our man-made mess could play out dramatically. You could focus on a single problem – like a nuclear plant meltdown or an oil spill or poaching of elephants maybe …but the problems are SO complex that focusing on a single problem really misses the point.

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