- How did Older Biff Tannen get back to Normal 2015 in Back to the Future, Part II after he had given himself The Almanac and created the Alternate Universe in which he would have then arrived on the return trip? This affects the entire story, as Doc learns who caused the disaster only through finding the broken top of the cane that Biff broke only after impossibly arriving back in the normal world.
- That when the crazy old guy in God's Debris says,
Every generation of humans believed it had all the answers it needed, except for a few mysteries they assumed would be solved at any moment. And they all believed their ancestors were simplistic and deluded. What are the odds that you are the first generation of humans who will understand reality?
- ...he himself is assuming that, just because given people in a previous, potentially ancient generation might have indeed gotten things 100% right (well...99...98?...) in their perception of reality, the vast majority of their peers would've accepted it? Or rather, here are two counter-suppositions for you
- 1. Given the majority of humanity's truly epic history of genocidal intolerance of anything they both couldn't keep under constant control but could successfully kill, wouldn't the odds favor the slaughter, rather than flourishing, of anything that truly transcended their limited thinking?
- 2. Are the odds against finally getting it right any greater than the odds against every previous generation being right about their ancestors being wrong?
- In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, when T-1000 arrives at the Dyson residence, how are those papers still burning in the garbage can? Paper burns pretty quickly (as directly observable IN the scene, incidentally), and enough time has passed for the machine to hear the break-in report given over the police scanner that directly leads it to the Cyberdyne headquarters.
- In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, when Spock brilliantly deduces the existence of a vessel that can fire while cloaked, why do he and the rest of the crew automatically assume it is of Klingon origin, when the Romulans, who later on in the very same movie (let alone the overall Trek universe) are proven to be quite against any such détente between their rivals, not only also possess cloak technology, but were in fact its originators among the Alpha Quadrant powers?
- In The Two Towers, Peter Jackson's second The Lord of the Rings movie, while chasing the orcs who've captured Merry and Pippin, Gimil brings his fingers down to a red-staining liquid on one leaf, and tastes it, quickly determining that it's orc blood. And how, exactly, does he know that?
- In The Hunt for Red October, when the captain of the Kanavelov launches the second torpedo at Red October, Jonesie tells his captain that "it went active the moment it was launched"...after events had already shown that neither he nor any other sonar operator had had any way of telling whether or not the first one had. Therefore, how did Jonesie know the second torpedo auto-armed from the first moment of firing?
->"No one likes being forced to see the monsters. ...But the monsters don’t go away just because no one likes them. So I tell them anyway, and damn the consequences."
— The Man With No Name
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Possible Explanations for the Original Ending to Neon Genesis Evangelion
All of these can be, but one of these must be, correct.
- There are no rational laws to the universe. Nihilism is not correct, but neither is materialism, nor theism; nor are they wrong. Substance is meaningless, and so is both the Instrumentality of Man Project, and rationality; everyone desires their minds to unified with all others, but they also don't desire it to be so. Upon unification, nothing is subsequently gained other than learning that everyone's same fear is ultimately fulfilled by no one. Love and kindness have the same meaning as hatred and cruelty. Mindless empty nothingness is as valid as screaming into a cacophony of chaos. If correct, it sets the stage for, by far, the most depressing potentiality of Instrumentality: that Shinji's constant moping is called for.