All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace Part Three
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A series of films exploring the idea that we have been colonised by the machines that we have built, seeing everything in the world today through the eyes of computers.
This episode looks at why we humans find this machine vision so beguiling. The film argues it is because all political dreams of changing the world for the better seem to have failed - so we have retreated into machine-fantasies that say we have no control over our actions because they excuse our failure.
At the heart of the film is one of the most famous scientists in the world - Bill Hamilton. He argued that human behaviour is really guided by codes buried deep within us. It was later popularised by Richard Dawkins as 'the selfish gene'. It said that individual human beings are really just machines whose only job is to make sure the codes are passed on for eternity.
The film begins in 2000 in the jungles of the Congo and Rwanda. Hamilton is there to help prove his dark theories. But all around him the Congo is being torn apart by 'Africa's First World War'. The film then interweaves the two stories - the strange roots of Hamilton's theories, and the history of the West's tortured relationship with the Congo over the past 100 years.
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LIST OF SONGS USED IN AWOBMoLG
(Whew, what an acronym) feel free to add.
Pizzicato Five - Baby Love Child
NIN - A Warm Place
Clint Mansell - Welcome to Lunar Industries
Burial - Forgive
The Pixies - Monkey Gone To Heaven
Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
Roy Orbison - In Dreams
Solomon Burke - Let Me Wrap My Arms Around You
Jun 08 2011, 00:55 UTC
we just finished watching - damn. i had no idea that Dian Fossey was so nasty.
2 thumbs up! must watching for all!
Jun 08 2011, 23:57 UTC
Part One: Love and Power
Part Two: The Use and Abuse of Vegetational Concepts
Part Three: The Monkey In The Machine and the Machine in the Monkey
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace (television documentary series)
Jun 09 2011, 00:00 UTC
I listened to the whole third episode rather than watching it. There were many disturbing images in #3 one if which I saw briefly.
Also I would like to know thw source that was used to disprove the Rolling Stone story on the origin of the AIDS epidemic. At the time it sounded pretty good to me.
When Curtis refers to Fossey taking revenge against mistreatment of the apes, she was responding to poaching and dismembering the apes to tidbits to seel to the Japanese for "nature cures" if you get my drift.
There series was created as individual films and so how All Watched Over relates to genes is a point not well explicated.
But here again as in other films, Curtis explores the notion of nut jobs doing science and that science then being accepted. It runs through all of his work.
Jun 09 2011, 01:29 UTC
watch the old CBC documentary on how polio vaccine lead to the AIDS virus, the evidence is OVERWHELMING!!!
loni, i found all 3 docs to be quite in line with each other, each playing off the previous. overall, a scathing condemnation of modern Libertarianism (thought the word libertarian is not uttered once in the doc).
Jun 09 2011, 03:56 UTC
my short analysis of the series is as follows:
ep1: curtis takes on Ayn Rand, Cybernetics and how it developed into Libertarianism (Ayn Rand is one of the founding cunts of modern libertarianism).
ep2: curtis shows how cybernetics lead to ecology, only to have it hijacked by libertarian scumbags
ep3: darwinianism + corporate technocracy = Libertarianism = Survival of the Richest...
Jun 09 2011, 04:09 UTC
I normally really like Curtis' stuff but AWOBMoLG whilst containing loads of great footage and interesting interviews leaves me a bit jaded. The summary at the end of episode 3 suggests that the majority of society accepts the notion that we are governed by our selfish genes and from that individuals feel largely excused from moral failings in some way. Now I am not necessarily saying this is an entirely wrong point of view, and I am a huge Dawkins fan, but it is just not the case that the majority feel like this. Most of society are totally ignorant of the "selfish gene" theory and indeed you can go further and say that most of lunatics that attempt to govern are also ignorant of this. That being the case the point that AWOBMoLG makes is way off.
Jul 03 2011, 11:13 UTC
What Curtis talks about in all of his films (I can't think of an exception) is the misuse and abuse of science.
I'm fond of this you tube and posted it on Curtis blog under "A is for Atom" which is in the Pandora's Box series.
But your point is well-taken that people don't know or care about selfish gene theory.
Jul 03 2011, 17:33 UTC
Thanks again for posting this. I have just watched it a second time and I think there is much more of value here than I first thought.
Curtis I don't think always talks about the abuse of science (for example "The Mayfair Set") but he does always talk about abuse. He always talks about the abuse and exploitation of the masses. Whether it be by through unrestricted buccaneer capitalism, irrational fear-mongering, subversion of their dreams or their trust in false science.
In AWOBMoLG he makes a great argument concerning the perceived stability of the west's "free-market" being a result of huge funding/backing from Chinese totalitarianism etc. He also makes a good argument for free-will and the ability of Homo sapiens to rise above "lowly origins" and selfish-genes etc. What I struggle to accept is the significance of Ayn Rand in all this. Also now I have seen it again I think a rather one dimensional picture is painted of Richard Dawkins.
Thanks Again. Would like to watch the youtube link but I am currently based in a country where youtube is blocked.
Jul 04 2011, 08:42 UTC
The you tube is a three minute song parody about working in a nuclear power plant. It was released on you tube before Fukushima back on December 20th just before Christmas. It is a parody of "Walking In A Winter Wonderland."
If you PM me I have made an mp3 of the audio. Or if there is interest I'd be glad to post a torrent. Other may be able to capture the you tube. I don't know how to do that.
Jul 04 2011, 17:51 UTC
No sweat. What I really need to do is get one of these proxy server things set up as there are a number of things blocked/restricted that I would like to have access to.
If anyone can advise me on a good proxy server I would appreciate it. I would rather not pay but would be fine with a small charge. After all it is a genuine service unlike most of the rubbish you get hit for.
Jul 05 2011, 04:33 UTC
Since I have had ISP problems and have at least seen what a proxy server service does, it seems to me that the data (using Azureus for instance) can easily show the IP to which the info must go.
For anyone who has not been "suspended" or red lighted (when the modem Internet light changes to red or blinks realy slowly) the ISP protects the user and the ISP has to take the heat or close the users account. That's what I've gone through-- not on OBT but for big studio stuff at places like EZTV and others.
I cannot see the benefit of the proxy service at all so long as the ISP service is the conduit for the data.
Next stop Usenet. But Usenet services these days are paygo as well.
Jul 05 2011, 05:06 UTC
To be honest I am a bit of a technophobe, not by choice, I just have no knack for it at all. I was advised possibly wrongly that a proxy server would assist. I am based in China right now and many sites are blocked, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter etc, although surprisingly not this one. I was told that if I got a proxy server setup say for instance via the UK or US then when I accessed sites that are restricted it would look to the local control that I was accessing a different site and this was a way of getting round the rather paranoid draconian regime.
I did think at the time it all sounded a little bit easy so I will not be surprised if this is not the case. What is the deal with Usenet?
Jul 05 2011, 08:07 UTC
Usenet handles information as packets rather than whole files. The file type is called RAR and you will see RARs occassionally as torrents. The RAR's are then decoded by the user. Decoders like WinRAR have gone through some changes but there should be older versions out there with no time limit.
There is a site that I recommend which is about not of torrents and has expert users. It is called slyck.com. It has a funny name but Slyck is the bomb for easy to understand info on Usenet and other file share topics.
As to Usenet, that was/is the basis for all the internet has become. Before the internet there was Usenet and Usenet newsgroups-- text-based discussion groups like this forum. Some of the newsgroups handled data and that's where the RAR packet form developed. But Usenet today is not free as it once was to BBS's (bulletin board services back in the early 90's.) There are subscription services. And the newsgroups are still going-- most of the 40,000 of them.
Start out with Slyck. I'd like to move to Usenet myself if my ISP subscription gets pulled. It's good so long as it lasts and I can do most of what I want hosting torrents or getting new content. But ISP's have to protect themselves against studios as well.
Jul 05 2011, 15:04 UTC
The link may be of interest to the discussion of Dawkins. I have yet to listen to it.
Jul 07 2011, 20:33 UTC