Faith and Film: Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival"

 Louise Banks (Amy Adams) tries to breach a linguistic divide between humanity and mysterious alien visitors

Louise Banks (Amy Adams) tries to breach a linguistic divide between humanity and mysterious alien visitors

Faith and Film

Denis Villeneuve's "Arrival"

22 April 2018

7:30-9:00
Penn Newman Center

 

As nations teeter on the brink of global war, linguistics professor Louise Banks must race against time to find a way to communicate with mysterious extraterrestrial visitors.

“Arrival” introduces a reality in which time is relative, suggesting that language can actually teach one how to experience time in a non-linear fashion. In a paradigm without linear causality, does free will exist? Is destiny predetermined? Is there a Plan in place guiding our lives? Our discussion will consider the challenge and ramifications of communicating with an alien species during first contact, including the possibility of the existence of exoplanets capable of supporting extraterrestrial life. In addition, we will discuss the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, and discuss how the structure of language may determine the way a user perceives time, tragedy, and reality.

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Arrival food-for-thought worksheet here!

Enjoyed "Arrival"? Check out the source material, Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang!

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