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Cars without thumbs
Topic by: woozy
Posted: June 16, 2006 - 10:33 AM PDT
Last Reply: June 16, 2006 - 1:19 PM PDT

author topic: Cars without thumbs
woozy
post #1  on June 16, 2006 - 10:33 AM PDT  
So in an op-ed piece in the LA Times, Dave Ulin wonders how the talking cars in the movie "Cars" can build all the buildings and race tracks if they don't have thumbs.

Usually, I'd empathise as I have difficulty suspending disbelief when the inconsistancies are rubbed in my face, and I agree that even fantasy must have internal consistancy. But ...

Okay, I haven't seen "Cars" yet. Is there really no humans in it? He interprets this as a universe of cars without humans. Is that really what it is? Is it not just that from the cars perspective, the humans aren't important and not in to movie. (It *is* a fantasy world and anyone should be able accept the rule that talking cars can drive by themselves.)

But if I accept his hypothesis that this is a different universe with cars, I still have no problem. If cars are the predominant intelligence, it strikes me that the buildings, freeways, and racetracks are the natural environment. In fact I find the idea that cars talk, make his conjecture that the buildings and race tracks are somehow *constructed* to be inconsistant.

I suppose one could wonder how cars are made and how they evolved but it's easy enough to expect they exist as some Platonic projection of the idea of "the car" but it almost seems that in the same light to view cars, we'd have to view racetracks as equally natural.

Besides, obviously their tires are flexible.
NLee
post #2  on June 16, 2006 - 12:38 PM PDT  
If GOD is a LISP programmer, then the very first thing he created has to be CAR.
woozy
post #3  on June 16, 2006 - 1:19 PM PDT  
> On June 16, 2006 - 12:38 PM PDT NLee wrote:
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> If GOD is a LISP programmer, then the very first thing he created has to be CAR.
>
> ---------------------------------

HAH! That's really pretty good!

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