Brian Duffy

The Overview Effect and the Destiny of Humanity

Born in the fear of German missiles and culminating in the 1960's Space Race, space exploration has been muddled by militaristic and nationalistic overtones. Now that the experience of spaceflight is merely $200,000 and a waiting
list away, what kind of transformation will be sparked by the successive
crops of space-travellers returning to Earth?

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Star Wars and the Future of Mythology

With
no visceral rites of passage to provide a spiritual transition into adulthood,
a certain portion of American youth reach for the powerful yet ultimately
impoverished substitute of the cinema. Star
Wars dances on the line between gaudy commercial spectacle and
indispensable world-explaining myth.

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