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Ender’s Game

On war as education

In a future in which alien arms attack the planet, mankind must prepare for war. Those children who are by nature apt to become officers are educated separate from mankind. They are taught to play at war & the science required for modern war. They are not expected to invent […]

Iron man 3

The end of progress

In the end, Tony Stark decides that the iron man armor was really a cocoon. Hindsight is blessed: This would seem to mean that the necessity under which he labored has been removed from him. That necessity we may call the ambiguity of science, which created both the bullets trying […]

Schindler’s list 1

Some notes on prudence

Oskar Schindler could not have been both a good man & a good citizen, Spielberg suggests. He finally chose to be a good man who started by acting for his own advantage. He understood his good differently than did the Nazi regime. Apparently, he judged independently even of the political […]

Hugo

On making & making images

This is a story about the origins of cinema. The inventor of the movies says he did not invent them. That the first invention of the movies was a mere entertainment, a novelty to thrill people. He himself brought the second invention of the movies. He is a peculiar […]

Prince of Persia 1

Some notes on the education of princes

Our protagonist is a young orphan living in the streets. He learnt necessity from youth & his virtues do not seem to have hardened him to his fellowmen. He steals with justice, for his own benefit & for others’. When the laws try to destroy him, he […]