Friday, October 20th 2017

Tron: more proof that all science fiction is spiritual

SPIRITUAL IQ QUIZ — Tron. In 1982, film maker Steven Lisberger imagined a virtual world where avatars fought on behalf of their human masters in a virtual world that was as spiritual as it was technological.

And, in many ways, he got it right. How? He cheated — using age old spiritual ideas to imagine where bits and bytes were taking us. The latest installment in the Tron franchise offers more of the same, and it works.

That’s because spirituality is sci-fi’s dirty little secret. Science is just the drug that suspends our modern sense of disbelief — and once that’s out the way, the real fun can begin.  Think of this quiz as a way to reconnect with the spiritual side of your favorite sci-fi.

In the Star Wars saga Jedi Knights are guided by what spiritual force?

In Battlestar Galactica, Cylon spirituality differs from humanity’s in what respect?

In the X-Files, FBI agent Fox Mulder “wants to believe,” in the paranormal, but his colleague, agent Dana Scully, was raised as a believer in what faith?

In The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, the meaning of life is what?

In Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan, the “Genesis effect,” describes what?

In the 1984 film Ghostbusters, the demon haunting Dana Barret’s apartment is a servant of what shape-shifting Sumerian god?

In Futurama, the animated science fiction comedy, when bad robots die they go where?


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