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The Higgs Boson - A one page explanation!

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"Quiggin thinks he’s only writing about the failure of free-market ideas, but he’s actually describing the intellectual life cycle of most ideas in political economy. All intellectual movements start with trenchant ways of understanding the world. As these ideas gain currency, they are used to explain more and more disparate phenomena, until the explanation starts to lose its predictive power. As time passes, the original ideas become obscured by ideology, caricature and ad hoc efforts to explain away emerging anomalies. Finally, enough contradictions build up to crash the paradigm, although current adherents often continue to advance the ideas in zombielike form. Quiggin demonstrates with great clarity how this happened to the Chicago school of economics. How he can think it won’t happen with whatever neo-Keynesian model emerges is truly puzzling."

Review: First Bank of the Living Dead

HT: MarginalRevolution.com

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“Are you watching closely?” Thus begins Christopher Nolan’s masterfully crafted period piece that seems to have a lot more going on than one might initially see occurring on the surface. This review assumes you’ve already watched The Prestige. If you haven’t, here’s what you do, leave Immediately and watch forthwith.

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1. What are the dreaming rules within Inception?
2. What exactly is Limbo?
3. Who dreams each of the 6 various dream layers detailed in your dream diagram?
4. How does Ariadne & Cobb get to Limbo? And how does Cobb transport himself after Saito?
5. When multiple people are sharing a dream, what happens to the other dreamers when the main dreamer wakes up? Or also, when the Mark wakes up as well?
6. How do the totems work?
7. What caused Cobb and Saito to “wake-up” when Saito presumably remembered that he was sleeping?
8. Why is Saito so much older than Cobb in the final dream level?
9. How do Mal & Cobb end up in Limbo the first time?
10. If the whole thing is a dream – and let’s just say the top keeps spinning at the end of the movie – then why didn’t it keep spinning earlier in the film when he tried it?

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A small medal top especially designed, with no other purpose than to tell the viewer the quintessential answer to unlock the meaning of this movie. And speak forth it does. Several times during the movie (two to be exact) we see Mr. Dom Cobb spin this beguiling little child’s toy in hopes of getting his bearings. And twice we watched as the top quit spinning and fell to a complete stop.

And granted, that is the number one question challenging the “It’s All a Dream” theory I profess to believe in. What of that top? So, to that end, I thought I would walk through all the totems in the movie and try to explain each one. Then, after we have that groundwork behind us we can attack the various interpretations behind Cobb’s top stopping throughout the movie.

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And eventually as I continued to ponder the movie more and more the walls came tumbling down. I mean, really, this is a Nolan movie after all. What was I expecting? So this is just one man’s opinion of what actually might have happened right in front of our eyes. The layer below the layer, if you will. And to walk you through it the most succinct way possible let’s go down to the bottom and work our way back up to the “top”. From the deepest dream all the way back up to the very “realest” reality experienced.

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Think about it. The only level here any of my fellow viewers could possible argue with is level number one. All the rest are a matter of record. Right? The question on the table here is - was Cobb dreaming at the end? And if so, who’s dream is it that he is inhabiting?

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Memento could easily be chalked up to a gimmick. Take a basic film noir story, toss in a brain injury as an excuse, shake vigorously until the extremely mundane storyline is unrecognizable to anyone and voila you have an Oscar nominee. This would be a viable reading of the movie if it weren’t for the fact that most critics & reviewers that came to this conclusion failed to even comprehend the ‘basic’ storyline. In my opinion for a critic to come to this conclusion requires them to actually comprehend the ins and outs of the storyline before they dismantle it and discard it as basic noir tripe.