“I Origins” is a scifi drama about a scientist who apparently needs to see beyond the rational to the mystical. It’s an idea that Robert finds a little too pat, a little too woo-woo and a little too dangerous.
Some reviews suggest the main character is loosely based on the scientist Richard Dawkins and his views on religion. Steve hasn’t seen the movie, but he has spoken to Dawkins a few times and he figures Dawkins would not like the premise of the film any more than Robert does.
The music/scientist mix at the end of the episode was from this wonderful youtube video about nature, science and the universe.
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Robert Horton reviews movies for The Herald (Everett, Washington), He has contributed many pieces to Film Comment since 1990 as well as other publications. He is the author of the “Cultographies” volume on Frankenstein (Wallflower Press, 2010), Billy Wilder: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, 2002), and had work included in Best American Movie Writing: 1999.
He is the co-author of the zombie Western comic book, Rotten (Moonstone Books, ongoing), and runs the “Magic Lantern” monthly series of film lectures at the Frye Art Museum. His website The Crop Duster is a busy collection of short takes, long pieces, and compulsive lists.
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Steve also likes to talk about science and nature. Check out his gardening podcast, A Dry Rain
Steve will be Seattle’s Town Hall Scholar In Residence , Fall 2014. Some of the work will focus on this question, when did this place become your home? Steve had an essay about the topic on KCTS TV’S Pie. He will probably be asking you that question in the months ahead. Best think up an answer, or at least think about a few places where you can point out how you started to take root.