WHEN THE MESS MET THE PRESS
"...physics is concerned with the microscopic processes that underlie macroscopic
reality, metaphysics is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality. A metaphysical
hypothesis might make a claim about the reality that underlies physics itself. Alternatively,
it might say something about the nature of our minds, or the creation of our world"...David
Chalmers, PhD, Australian philosopher and cognitive scientist specializing in the
areas of philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. Professor of Philosophy
and Director of the Centre for Consciousness at the Australian National University.
Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Rhodes Scholar, Oxford.
SERIOUS/ HUMOROUS COMPARISONS:
Per Wiki, David Chalmers' "hypothetical philosophical thought experiments":
* philosophical zombie. (p-Zombie) (**particle, political) "unlike the zombie of
popular fiction, in philosophy of mind and perception is a hypothetical being that from the
outside is indistinguishable from a normal human being but lacks conscious experience, qualia, or sentienc"
The Nov. 2016 movie release of Harry Potter prequel, "Fantastic Beasts and Where To
Find Them" coincided with different sort of Beast, the Nov 2016 US Presidential
election of Donald J. Trump. Despite one being fictional both have humorous
similarities beyond having the same US release dates.
**my addition and parenthesis
Fantastic Beasts Summary:
The main characters: Credence Barebone, he of the suppressed destructive monstrous id,
played by Ezra Miller served as counterpart to Newt Scamander played by Eddie Redmayne.
Along with supernatural powers, out of focus eyes, itchy face, duck-toed walk, Scamander
has no need for eating, sleeping or getting along with ordinary people. He is also keeper
of the meta-physical Fantastic Beasts loosed upon NYC from his 4th dimensional James
Bond-like device-loaded suitcase. The beasts contained are falsely blamed by the
MACUSA magical ruling class for unexplained 1920's NYC mayhem which needed to be
stopped before attracting the attention of ordinary humans and thus betraying the existence
of supernatural beings with the look of ordinary humans who intrude upon the world and
have the added advantage of existing behind a wall of disbelief.
The Credence Barebone character is a foster child with nasty abilities completely opposite his look. (Bigger the front, bigger the back?) Porpentina "Tina" Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston is the rare 1920's "career girl" who is tall, wears asexual 2nd-hand men's suits and is possibly a
forebear across fictional barriers of Orwell's 1984 Emmanuel Goldstein, alleged underground resistance leader. Tina's sister, Queenie Goldstein, supposedly violates all rules of magic by being attracted to baker-to-be, "Muggles" Jacob Kowalski. She knows the quickest way to Jake's heart is through her own 1920's version of magical fast food strudel.
This is the fantastical Harry Potter universe of meta-physical's existing in and out of a space-
time dimension that intrudes on "our" everyday existence in every way. (The recent "Personal
Shopper" understates the intrusion) The MACUSA or Magical Congress USA makes sure
their kind are never known by ordinary humans. (MACUSA also a play on the very real
Professor Herbert Marcuse of 1940's - 50's America that McCarthy and his HUAC made into a bogeyman incarnate surpassing that of even Saul Alinsky by today's right wing. Macuse is
depicted in a couple of recent movies, one of which is "Hail Cesar" as messenger from "the
Here is a video of silent era star Buster Keaton. Ezra Miller's resemblance to Keaton was
deliberate and acknowledged by everyone connected with the film as well as screenwriter,
A K Rowling. There were other historical resemblances that understandably went unstated.
Perceval Graves, in black and white wizardly uniform played by Colin Farrell has a weird
manipulative "deathly hollows" scene with Ezra Miller's Credence Barebone.
NY City Mayor, Beau James, Jimmy Walker. He was the real-life subject of the 1956
Bob Hope comedy, "Beau James." Fantastic Beasts character and US Senator Henry Shaw
played by Josh Cowdary was undoubtedly deliberately chosen bc of his resemblance to
the real life Senator and Mayor as shown in old footage below and in You Tube scenes from
the movie shown further on.
the movie takes place. Walker embodied the roaring twenties. His political mentor
was the famous Al Smith. Walker was the fancy dressing corrupt populist thrown out of
office as NYC Mayor in 1929 by then New York State Governor and future President,
Franklin D. Roosevelt. Just in time for the Republican Hoover Great Depression of 1929.
John Voight plays Henry Shaw senior in the movie, father of the Senator Henry Shaw Jr.
Voight is, IMO, most assuredly a stand-in for newspaper tycoon, William Randolph Hearst,
America's first media star. Hearst overextended himself and lost much of his newspaper
fortune by buying and refitting old mansions and castles. Pictures of Hearst are usually
shown with darkened hair. Aside from that there's a loose resemblance between him and
the grey haired Voight. Hearst newspapers of the pre-WWII 1930's ran unopposed columns
by Germany's Hitler and Göring.
"the people behind this aren't like you or me. This is witchcraft don't you see."
The term "Muggles" or "nomag" refers to ordinary humans (paroles or proletariat)
who can can be bumped, taunted, (mugged), made to trip over suitcases, be manipulated, chased,
humiliated but never killed. Senator Shaw is the exception. He had the misfortune of calling Credence a freak in front of his adopted family. This results in an uncontrolled rage manifesting
as a free floating monster of the id called an Obsecuret (or Obsecur-us) unleashed on an
unsuspecting Senator Shaw, Wizard Graves and New York City.
It's undoubtedly a coincidence that Voight's character in the movie gives a fund raiser
for his son the Senator. The fund raiser doesn't turn out so well for the Senator who is
violently killed in front of his father by Credence in Obscuret form. In stranger than fiction
reality John Voight gave the intro speech prior to the 2017 Washington DC inauguration of the
45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Should anything like Credence exist today, possibly in the form of present and former Trump
officials Miller and Bannon, lets hope they show more restraint should they ever turn on their