In Time, Darwin and Hollywood…


The movie “In Time” has hit the theaters. The film is dealing with a fictious idea of a future society where genetics have made humans immortal with the only catch being that you have to buy your time to immortality. But this is not the main message of the movie. The whole movie is inherently against the idea of Darwin that “the fittest survive”. Every passing moment we are reminded that noone should die for another person to live. Every second we are reminded emphatically that the strong should NOT take advantage (let alone kill) of the weak.

OK. But what does all these have to do with a philosophy portal? Well, I think it is obvious: if a scientific theory (call me “Theory of the Evolution of the Fittest”) is ridiculed by a Hollywood movie, then maybe it is time for the “all-knowing” biologists to go to the drawing boards again! Mutations and the survival of the fittest certainly play a role in evolution. But this is only part of the puzzle. Humans, in order to be called “humans”, do not wish the death of the weak in order for the “best” to survive. It seems that the most important parts of the puzzle are missing somewhere…

Author: skakos

Spiros Kakos (or Spyros Kakos or Spyridon Kakos) [Σπύρος Κάκος] is a thinker located in Athens, Greece. He has been the Chief Editor of Harmonia Philosophica since its inception. Spiros has a diploma in Chemical Engineering, an MSc in Advanced Materials' Technology, an MBA in Decisions' Science, a phD in the use of conductive polymers in PCB industry and is still learning. He also worked as a technical advisor and a researcher in the Advanced Materials sector for many years in the past. In his free time he develops software solutions and contributes to the open source community. He is the creator of Huo Chess, one of the smallest micro-chess programs ever that is perfect for educational purposes. He believes that science and religion are two sides of the same coin and is profoundly interested in Religion and Science philosophy, as well as the philosophy of the irrational. His philosophical work is mainly concentrated on an effort to free thinking of "logic" and reconcile all philosophical opinions under the umbrella of the "One" that Parmenides - one of the first thinkers - visualized. Since our thought is dictated by our assumptions, the only way to free it and know cosmos as it is, is to think irrationally and destroy everything we have built. The "Harmonia Philosophica" articles program is the tool that will accomplish that. Life's purpose is to be defeated by greater things. And the most important things in life are illogical. We must fight the dogmatic belief in "logic" if we are to stay humans. We should stop thinking in order to think. Credo quia absurdum!

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