Michael Robertson Marietta, South Carolina, USA
The brain, a transmitting an receiving station.
There are some really big, fantastic and challenging concepts in this book. How do you see them- as possibilities or are you happier "if the world is flat?"
I really like the movie "Phenomenon." Love story, scfi, hero's journey, it has all the characteristics of a classic. The movie is about an average guy, George Malley(John Travolta), living in a average small American town, the kind of town where everyone knows everyone. George is a great guy and well liked. His big dream is to get the attention of "Lace"(Krya Segdwick), the divorced mother who just moved to town.
The movie starts with George's buddies throwing him a birthday party at the local bar. As the night goes on George steps out for a breath of air. Inebriated, he is staring into a clear starlit night when a point of light catches his attention. Seemingly streaking towards him it grows in intensity overcoming him in a blinding flash. He wakes up in the middle of the street, gets up and goes back in to see if any of his friends saw what happened.
No one did. After some speculation-to much to drink?, hallucination?, some kidding-UFO?, it is shrugged off. "Go home, sleep it off George."
Well, George can't sleep. He finds himself unable to turn his mind off, so he picks up a book. He has an insatiable desire to read, eventually reading and absorbing up to four books a day. He also has heightened awareness and a flood of ideas. Ordinary George Malley is transformed into a super genius.
At first his extraordinary talents are met with wonder and bewilderment by his friends. George wants to share his insights and discovery with his friends for their benefit. Things that are clear and simple to him are beyond their comprehension.
The story take a predictable path when his abilities increase to the point of supernatural.
Instead of embracing his attempts to share his profound wisdom and understanding, George's friends turn to skepticism, fear and superstition.
George sees the changes as wonderful possibility, but his so called friends are frightened as it threatens their view of a "flat world."
I won't spoil the ending just incase you would like to see the movie.
Hill states that the understanding of the human brain at the time he wrote TGR was in the kindergarten stage. I think it's not much more advanced today. We know more about our world, our bodies and the heavens above than all previous generations put together. With all we know it should be clear just how much we don't know-yet to be discovered.
Glad to be in the company of others who are unwilling to accept that the world is flat!
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