[LINK] Pixar works to make the future better

by Eneasz 1 min read18th May 20119 comments

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An analysis of how Pixar is promoting transhumanist ideals.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/sciencenotfiction/2011/05/14/the-hidden-message-in-pixars-films/

>Pixar films contain a complex, nuanced, philosophical and political essence that, when viewed across the company’s complete corpus, begins to emerge with some clarity.

>There are certain rules in Pixar movies ... The first is that there is no magic. No problems are caused or fixed by the wave of a wand. Second, every Pixar film happens in the world of human beings ... The third rule is that at least one main character is an intelligent being that isn’t a human.

> In each case, the deviant non-human is ostracized.

>In being ostracized, however, the non-human encounters a human. 

> Furthermore, the human is also deviant. 

>The new is seen as dangerous and therefore feared. 

>Victory in the battle for the rights and respect from both groups will come from an act of exemplary personhood and humaneness by those who dare to break ranks with their kind. ...the benefits for humanity are tremendous in every case where non-human persons are treated with respect.

>Pixar has given those who would fight for personhood the narratives necessary to convince the world that non-humans that display characteristics of a person deserve the rights of a person.

>The message hidden inside Pixar’s magnificent films is this: humanity does not have a monopoly on personhood. In whatever form non- or super-human intelligence takes, it will need brave souls on both sides to defend what is right. If we can live up to this burden, humanity and the world we live in will be better for it. An entire generation has been reared with the subconscious seeds of these ideas planted down deep.