Ep. 16: Monkeys Project Meaning Onto the Objects Around Them

Ep. 16: Monkeys Project Meaning Onto the Objects Around Them

Episode 16, ‘Monkeys project meaning onto the objects around them’, on science fiction thrillers

In this episode Dave and Steven discuss Science-Fiction Thrillers. It’s not that sciency or that thrilling…but it is fascinating.

  • Intro Clip: Event Horizon
  • A lengthy discussion about strings.
  • Is 2001: A Space Odyssey a sci-fiction thriller? Or is it a sci-fiction thriller sandwich?
  • The banal experience of Sandra Bullock.
  • Los Angeles.
  • Did that thing Dave said about Ice Cube sound kinda racist?
  • Something something Ghosts of Mars.
  • Steven discusses the physical properties of a cube.
  • How many thrilling moments do you need before it becomes a “thriller”?
  • Steven calls Total Recall a drama and absolutely nobody corrects him.
  • Was anyone else confused by Prometheus?
  • You can never go home again, sci-fi thrillers.
  • Steven shares a traumatic story from his childhood.
  • It may be thrilling to open a portal to a hell dimension and get possessed by the devil, but where exactly is the science?
  • Steven spoils Intersteller for Dave* — and then swears about it.
  • Dave thinks that “Icarus” is a stupid name for a ship, “you idiots”.
  • Toightened or tauted?
  • Dave proclaims his love for watching Russian films from the 1970’s sans subtitles.
  • Steven makes an announcement on behalf of you, the listener.
  • “An Abundance of Obviousity” is really the kind of pretentious phrase you would expect to come from Steve and not Dave.
  • Dave and Steve are simultaneously seduced.
  • Finishing our Simple Objects Trilogy, Dave and Steve discuss the fundamental human condition.

*And possibly you too, depending on when you read the show notes.