It’s Groundhog Day All over Again! – Living in the Era of the Ontological Movie

peake“It’s like The Matrix, isn’t it?” We’ve heard the phrase many times and probably said it ourselves. We live in a time when mind-bending perspectives on the nature of reality are both commonly abroad in the culture as well as entertained by cutting-edge scientists. But it wasn’t always the case.

The mainstream success of movies such as The Matrix, Groundhog Day, and Inception have spread the word that was previously only heard by philosophers, hippies and adherents of eastern mysticism. So, what does it mean to live in the age of the ontological movie?

In the latest podcast from The Eternities, the consciousness theorist Anthony Peake discusses the trend, which began in the nineties with such titles as Jacob’s Ladder, Groundhog Day, The Truman Show, and The Matrix. More recent titles discussed include, Interstellar, Edge of Tomorrow, Mr. Nobody, and Enter the Void.

Said Peake, “I believe that these themes are there because they are underlying truths. And I believe that people watch these movies and have this kind of frisson of recognition because it’s right – this is what is happening!”

The two part podcast discussion ranged across such topics as quantum physics and the simulation hypothesis, neurology, eastern mysticism, reductive-materialism, UFOs, near death experience, reincarnation and the concept of eternal recurrence, synchronicity, psychedelics, and postmodern literature.

Such topics have been investigated by Peake across a writing career spanning more than 12 years, in such titles as The Labyrinth of Time: The Illusion of Past, Present and Future, and his most recent work, The Immortal Mind: Science and the Continuity of Consciousness Beyond the Brain, a joint project with Professor Ervin Laszlo.

Asked to speculate as to the deeper meaning of the cultural proliferation of these ideas, Peake told The Eternities, “I think what is happening now is that the collective consciousness which exists within the program that is reality is starting to wake up, and it’s starting to realise what it is. And it is testing out the water by giving us clues through our own subliminal creation, [in] movies, [in] the things I’m writing, the things various other people are writing about, [it’s all] to make humanity wake up.”

Listen to The Eternities podcast with Anthony Peake and see a full list of films discussed.

Martin Higgins

Martin Higgins is a journalist, podcaster and novelist. In 2012 he published Human+, described by KurzwilAI.net as "a science-fiction page-turner inspired by futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement". In 2013 he began The Eternities podcast which features Interviews with writers and thinkers on the themes of consciousness, technology and human potential. He is based in Wirral, England.

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