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I like to concoct concepts for science fiction movies and do nothing with them. Lately my favorite concept involves aliens who are having a sort of sporting contest that involves humanity, unbeknownst to us. Somehow the competing teams of aliens can see our world through our eyes when they want to, and can influence our actions by ramping up or down on our desires. They can't control our specific actions, just our general propensities, making us, for example, hungrier or hornier or lazier than normal whenever that would be a strategic advantage in the game.

There would be some rules of the game, such as only one alien can influence one human at a time, and maybe an alien team can influence no more than five people per game. So most people would not be under the direct influence of the aliens at any given moment. They would be random elements of the game.

The plot of the movie would involve a brain surgeon who discovers the control mechanism in all of our brains. It would be organic in nature, but sending and receiving some sort of control signal that hadn't ever been discovered before. The brain surgeon would be trying to unravel the mystery and detach humanity from the game while at the same time the aliens are having their Superbowl equivalent match that might result in WWIII.

The aliens live many light years from Earth, having visited only once several billion years ago to influence evolution in a way that would turn us into their living chess pieces. They didn't mind waiting billions of years because they have been doing the same game-making process since the beginning of time and there is always a new world somewhere coming online. They like to think ahead. They are immortal, so having game pieces that can die allows them to experience the preciousness of life vicariously.

In the end, the brain surgeon discovers that humans have a synergistic arrangement with the aliens that helps us just as much as it helps them. If we were not part of their game, our lives would be dull and meaningless. So he decides to keep it to himself. The aliens reward him for his silence by filling whatever hole he had in his personality up until that point. For example, they might give him the capacity to feel love.

In the final minute we discover that even the brain surgeon's search for the truth of the game had been part of the game.


 
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Mar 28, 2011
Wow! Man, what kind of crazed drugs did you take?

pns wrote: "Sounds like the original Iliad (that war in Troy, remember?) in which the immortal gods play with mortals' desires and plans, making them hornier or braver or whatever, wreaking havoc and generally creating great entertainment as they perch invisibly on the city walls and watch."

Good point. I agree. I would lke to say that instead of aliens or Greek gods, it is Pure Mind that is tinkering with us. Pure Mind (or God) needs to discover itself and therefore Pure Mind created a reflection of itself in the form of matter. We, humans, are made out of matter along with a higher self (itty bitty dimensionless part of Mind,) What we experience, feel and think, is reflected back to Pure Mind via the higher self so that Pure Mind can experience matter and become conscious. In other words, Pure Mind needs us (matter) to become conscious. We are all dimensionless parts of Pure Mind and we complete Pure Mind through our experiences.

Eventually we will discover all the rules of dimensional existence (science and the nature of things) and all the rules of dimensionless existence (our immortal higher self and mortal ego-consciousness.) When that occurs we will be like gods and approach the Pure Mind infinity. However, the human race needs to become fully conscious from its current half-conscious, delusional state. The more people become fully conscious, the more we will realize we need a better model of social control. At present the models of democracy, plutocracy, dictatorship, and communism, etc. have all failed to bring humans to an enlightened state. The answer is meritocracy or rule by the most meritorious members of society. I suggest this website for further reading: http://www.meritocracy.org.uk/

Keep in mind that an open mind can become a great mind with expansive, multi-tasking conscious capabilities.
 
 
May 28, 2008
Wow you should sell this to a movie company! Man that sounds great!
 
 
May 27, 2008
Again with the free will talk!
 
 
May 25, 2008
Is this a potential movie plot or an elaborate excuse to be !$%*!$%*!$%*!$%*!
 
 
May 22, 2008
I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the similiarities of your idea to Kurt Vonnegut's "Sirens of Titan." In that book the alien race called Tralfamadorians have been influencing human history since time (conceptually speaking) began. I won't ruin the book for anyone who hasn't read it, but I will say that the payoff is uniquely rewarding and something Dilbert affectionados would appreciate. Greetings!
 
 
May 22, 2008
I suddenly have an urger to wear a tin-foil hat.
 
 
May 22, 2008
You have just described scientology. Now if we could just get a surgeon and Tom Cruise together for a few drinks...
 
 
May 22, 2008
I feel my desire to comment on this blog has suddenly been ramped up.
 
 
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May 21, 2008
I like this one, until the statement that "even the brain surgeon's search for the truth of the game had been part of the game. " Since we've established that the aliens can only control our basic propensities, do you mean that the man's yearning for scientific knowledge was merely amplified? Obviously the aliens couldn't push him in a particular research direction.
 
 
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May 21, 2008
Wow, I LOVE that idea! That would make a great movie, or at least a great novel. Then you could make a movie, based on the novel, and a game based on the movie, then a new novel based on the movie of the novel!

Then again, we'll just stick with the movie.
 
 
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May 21, 2008
"The resulting paradox creates a black hole in the centre of the cartoonists brain. Over the next six billion years the black hole amasses all of the matter in the entire universe into a pin head of infinite mass and then explodes in an enormous Big Bang"

Whoah, careful there, Mr Adams may be an economist with a penchant for understanding the human condition (or at least those bits of it which can be expressed using 3 panel sarcasm) but he does not have that big a head.
 
 
May 21, 2008
It's amazing nobody has yet mentioned Samit Basu. It's even more amazing how two people can think so similar so apart in time. Scott, you must check out Samit Basu's "Game World Trilogy" - He has written three books on almost the same idea and taken it to a logical conclusion.

It did not strike me at the time but I feel now that his brand of humor has a resemblance to yours. Of course one needs to have an idea of stupid mythologies the world over in order to enjoy the humor in Game World. But I had, and hence enjoyed the books immensely. (I must have queried at a hundred bookshops a hundred thousand times, whether book3 had been released.)

And don't be surprised to see a movie on this idea - After all, the books were quite a hit.
 
 
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May 21, 2008
Your sci-fi plat reminds me of the game The Sims. I'm just sayin'.
 
 
May 21, 2008
Lot of Sci Fi fans here,
Cool !

Dave
 
 
May 21, 2008
Besides thinking that perhaps you've gone completely over the edge in your Scientology auditing sessions, I think it's a great idea!

It would have been a great vehicle for Alfred !$%*!$%*!$
 
 
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May 21, 2008
Just 2 cents... The entire plot looks 99% Philip K Dick's to me (wonder if he actually wrote such book) except for the finishing sentence - which, although it could easily belong to a Dick's novel plot, is 100% genuine Jorge Luis Borges.
 
 
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May 21, 2008
That is a great film storyboard. I would watch that film.
 
 
May 20, 2008
I was going to mention Zelazny's "The Game of Blood and Dust," but whymeagain beat me to it. It's a pretty esoteric short story, I was surprised that someone else thought of it. I highly recommend reading it if you can find it somewhere. And good call, whymeagain.
 
 
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May 20, 2008
I forgot something I was going to say: if you took all the marketable ideas that cartoonists have given away as jokes over the last 200 years, you could be King of All Merchandising--I have a book of old cartoons parodying art that anticipates every major movement of the Twentieth Century, and even without Rube Goldberg and Heath Robinson, cartoons are full of weird and wonderful products that could easily become fads with the right timing and packaging. The Mohawk? Punk hairstyles generally? I saw them all once in an 1860s cartoon from a Southern magazine (I think it was called "The Southern Magazine"--found it in the stacks at one of my better universities).
 
 
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May 20, 2008
Musical number: "Froggy would a woo-ing go"

Ralph the Dog: Frogs don't go "woo", they go "ribbit"!
Sam the Eagle: Only very recently.

Sorry. Just bought "The Muppet Show: Season Three" and I had to share. But to score further points: the draw-back to show a meta-level idea was used in MIB and also in "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy"--the book. And the overly-complicated game played with human culture was done in the Bead Game--which somebody tried to re-create on the internet, as well as HHGTTG, which was supplanted rapidly by Wikipedia, which is the same thing only it looks a little more serious.
 
 
 
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