In Canada, 'Star Wars' exhibit asks who we are

Apr 17, 2012

A new exhibit exploring human identity through the "Star Wars" universe and the epic sci-fi saga's quirky characters kicks off a multi-city world tour in Montreal on Thursday.

" Identities" combines the latest scientific research in areas of psychology, and genetics with some 200 costumes, props, models and artwork from the archives to ask the fundamental questions: who we are and how do we become who we are?

"Since 'Star Wars' takes place in a fantasy world, the characters need to be identifiable so that the audience can connect to them," the creator of the wildly popular films, George Lucas, said in a statement.

"These larger-than-life characters come complete with friends, enemies, values, and beliefs. This exhibition examines how the Star Wars characters are like us, what we may have in common, and what makes up our individual identities."

Visitors are expected to rediscover their favorite "Star Wars" characters "in a whole new light" while also developing a better understanding of their own complex identity.

The exhibit is divided into three major themes: the characters' origins, the influences that shaped them, and the personal choices that altered their lives.

Within these three themes, 10 components of human identity are explored -- species, origins, parents, culture, mentors, friends, occupation, marking events, personality and values.

The show at the Montreal Science Centre will run until September 16 before moving on to Edmonton in western Canada and then to 10 cities in Europe, and Asia.

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kevinrtrs
1 / 5 (5) Apr 18, 2012
who we are and how do we become who we are?

Ask Richard Dawkins - he has all the answers: Supposedly we're nothing but pond-scum, living meaningless lives that will ultimately end in meaningless death, living in a bleak universe that will ultimately end in cold, dark nothingness. This is of course if you believe in the evolution of everything - from big bang to human life. There is an alternative but that is deemed to be unscientific or pseudo science. Never mind that evolutionism in itself is the Ultimate pseudoscience.
aroc91
4.7 / 5 (3) Apr 18, 2012
There is an alternative but that is deemed to be unscientific or pseudo science. Never mind that evolutionism in itself is the Ultimate pseudoscience.


Trololol
Mike_Massen
2.6 / 5 (7) Apr 19, 2012
kevinrtrs grumbled
There is an alternative but that is deemed to be unscientific or pseudo science. Never mind that evolutionism in itself is the Ultimate pseudoscience.


Change is a fact, inevitable & complex !
Alternative, evidence, math(s)?
Deity based, how does it communicate ?

Your claim Dawkins stated we "are" pond scum is wrong.

However, the bacteria, parasites and other microbes share a tremendous amount with us, DNA structure & amino acids. ie. From amines (NH2), cannot develop in an oxygen rich low ammonia atmosphere. Geological evidence early Earth atmosphere had ammonia, hydrogen, water & negligible free oxygen & LOT of energy from lightning at the least.

Massive opportunity for exercising "permutation space" for hundreds of millions of years along with potential for seeding by comets & meteorites. Who knows for sure, there may have been 10 billion years of accumulated time previously to arrive at basic RNA sequences subsequently seeded, a fate accompli !
bewertow
5 / 5 (1) Apr 25, 2012
who we are and how do we become who we are?

Ask Richard Dawkins - he has all the answers: Supposedly we're nothing but pond-scum, living meaningless lives that will ultimately end in meaningless death, living in a bleak universe that will ultimately end in cold, dark nothingness. This is of course if you believe in the evolution of everything - from big bang to human life. There is an alternative but that is deemed to be unscientific or pseudo science. Never mind that evolutionism in itself is the Ultimate pseudoscience.


Reported for religious trolling again. I encourage anyone else who finds this fool annoying to do the same.
aroc91
1 / 5 (1) Apr 25, 2012
who we are and how do we become who we are?

Ask Richard Dawkins - he has all the answers: Supposedly we're nothing but pond-scum, living meaningless lives that will ultimately end in meaningless death, living in a bleak universe that will ultimately end in cold, dark nothingness. This is of course if you believe in the evolution of everything - from big bang to human life. There is an alternative but that is deemed to be unscientific or pseudo science. Never mind that evolutionism in itself is the Ultimate pseudoscience.


Reported for religious trolling again. I encourage anyone else who finds this fool annoying to do the same.


I do, but nothing is ever done about it. I think I can count the number of kevin's posts that have been deleted on one hand. He should have been banned long ago. The moderation staff here is mentally handicapped.
Mike_Massen
2 / 5 (2) Apr 25, 2012
I don't think Kevin actually knows what he believes in, can he clarify - afterall it is the details that matter - Kevin where are you ? :-)

He does seem to drop awful clangers so often, is he probably just 18 years old, he writes like my 12 year old used to. Kevin needs an education and rather badly !

I would be happy to offer my time and give him a bad education ;-)

Also think he is having an 'each way bet', by dropping those religiously biased clangers he seems to be wanting to ingratiate himself before some deity but, still cant decide just what sort of mindset that deity actually has, so is playing it safe.

If any actually intelligent deity read Kevin's posts it might result in punishment !

I actually feel sorry for the guy, actually both of them - Kevin and his deity, the latter (if it ever pops up and exists) has a tremendous amount of suffering and lack of unequivocal communication to answer for !