By Philipp Kneis
This publication analyzes the mythological content material of 5 tv franchises in the style of technology fiction, myth and horror: The X-Files & Millennium, Babylon five & campaign, Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel, Stargate and celebrity Trek. The imperative issues are errand into the desert, emancipation from higher powers, person accountability, prophecy, apocalyptic eventualities, fundamentalism, man made intelligence, in addition to hybridity, gender roles, psychotic narration, and others. The theoretical foundation for this paintings are either a standard cultural experiences viewpoint in addition to memetics, an evolutionary standpoint of tradition and literature that's used in this quantity as an method of learning style on the instance of the 5 case experiences.
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Furthermore, religion herein is seen from an anthropological rather than a sociological or theological perspective26 , following the current philosophical and scientific discourse that has arisen as an answer to the “intelligent design” movement more than the functional understanding of religion found in the works of Émile Durkheim and his followers. The memetic perspective is a rather strict culture-immanent (or textimmanent) perspective. It does not mean to say that there is no other way of seeing culture –– it is just one possible way of looking at things, in the hope that, by seeing things differently, new connections and new insights might occur.
It’s supposed to take the doors of perception and swing them so wide open, you know? Plus you get to see all these cool streaks and trails and crap. 22 “Quagmire,” 16:35-17:28) The “doors of perception” are opened towards nature in the X-Files episode “Quagmire,” which has Mulder and Scully investigating strange deaths in and in the vicinity of fictitious Heuvelman Lake, which is famous for allegedly hosting the lake monster Big Blue. For the aptly named youth Stoner, the investigation of nature holds a “spiritual” component –– yet he seems to need drugs for his kick, even if it be through physical contact with nature by licking a toad –– an apparently oral fixation which is probably not an accidental gesture but holds the potential for revelation just as kissing a frog in a fairy-tale might conjure up a prince.
26 Of course one of the major criticisms waged against an anthropological/sociobiological and memetic perspective is that this kind of reading would more or less ignore theology, or more philosophically elaborate and transcendental interpretations of religion. The human impulse to seek out the numinous, the spiritual, the metaphysical, appears ill-served by an approach that paints religion as a viral memeplex preying upon unsuspecting, hopeful believers. ” I am well aware that there exist interpretations of religion that are highly challenging, and highly philosophical (cf.