Fringe Theory In “The Good Place” And “The Orville”

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I just caught the latest episodes of The Good Place (a pretty metaphysical show to begin with) and The Orville (less so), and was really struck with the way some “fringe” theory seemed to be reflected in them—specifically, Simulation Theory and Flat Earth Theory. Not saying this was the express intention of the producers of each show, but I was amazed at how much these “crazy” concepts were reflected in the plots.

Spoilers ahead!

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New Berenstain Bear Photo Evidence Shows Where The Timelines Split

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A Redditor apparently has found photographic evidence pinpointing the exact moment our fake-ass timeline split off from the original. As can be clearly seen in this photo submitted by u/mochanutcoconut, the tags on these stuffed dolls both identify them as “Berenstain Bears” and “Berenstein Bears.” ON THE SAME TAG.

On of the theories of the so-called Mandela Effect is that originally these cartoon bears were known as “The Berenstein Bears,” but when the timelines diverged (or, alternatively, when some of us found ourselves inexplicably placed in a similar-yet-bogus parallel Earth), they became “The Berenstain Bears.”

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You Cannot Escape The Inversion: A Review Of “Buster’s Mal Heart”

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I’m the prophet of the Second Inversion!
—Brown, “Buster’s Mal Heart”

Mr. Robot’s Rami Malek doesn’t do as many movies as other actors of his status in Hollywood—but when he does, I pay attention. He’s one of those intense & uncanny performers who seems to attract really esoteric-type mindfuck roles. The 2017 indie flick Buster’s Mal Heart, which is currently available to view on Netflix, is one of those movies & Jonah/Buster (see, we already have some instability in the identity department) is one of those roles. Spoilers ahead!

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Jumanji 2.0: Are Our Avatars Realer Than We Are?

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If you haven’t seen the 1995 movie Jumanji, you probably should. I can describe it best as a true “children’s horror movie,” despite the fantasy elements. Basically, a child gets sucked into a jungle-based game, disappears off the face of the Earth and lives in another dimension for like a long time, and then returns as a haggard traumatized adult. Meanwhile, all the scary stuff from the game—mostly animals, but also a crazy game hunter—enter “our” world through the portal (and that’s exactly what it is, a portal) of the game board itself.

Now that I’ve described the original Jumanji to you, let’s move on to the upcoming (reboot?) Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle.

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The Metaphysics Of Lego

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With these simple building-blocks, you can create an entire universe; you are only limited by your imagination. That’s the central premise of the widely-popular Lego franchise of toys, movies, and videogames. It is a world populated by something akin to the idealized forms of Plato; where anything (vehicles, people, droplets of water) can be replicated by infinite combinations of a set # of pieces.

Lego—especially now that much of it has made the “jump” from actual physical plastic pieces to uncanny replicas of such in the digital realm—is like a blueprint not only of the underlying structure of our reality, but where reality as we actually know it might be heading in the future.

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RealityWars

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The current controversy regarding NBC’s upcoming interview with Alex Jones brought up a topic that has been on my mind—belief. NBC is being slammed for appearing to give legitimacy to Jones—and, via Jones, to Sandy Hook “truther” conspiracies.

Last night I was listening to a podcast with a person whose work I’ve found occasionally thought-provoking in the past—even though his ideas are pretty much on the fringe (you know, unlike mine). He declared on this podcast that not only did he now believe Sandy Hook was completely “fake,” but he also suspects most of the key events from the last century were as well—that they were “Hollywood”-type productions using actors

That seems like a pretty big leap to make. How could someone think this way? And what, if anything, is to be “done” about that? That’s what I’d like to discuss here.

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Crisis On Infinite Realities

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I finally got around to read the first part of this discussion between R.U. Sirius of Mondo 2000 fame, and Douglas Rushkoff—entitled, “Operation Mindfuck Was Too Successful.” And they touch upon something here that I have been thinking a lot about lately: that irony seems to be dead, and that some of the memes and colorful theories (some invented from whole cloth simply as a method for fermenting chaos) seem to be “coming to life.”

An offshoot of this is that there seems to now be multiple realities, “infinite realities,” swarming through the general population; the same bottle of Coke is simultaneously half full, half empty, and also boasting a logo that had mysteriously changed sometime after the Large Hadron Collider was first activated.

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