Thursday, November 8, 2012
Kevin Spacey (K-PAX - the movie): outlining a star system for astro-physicists
As I have said before, some of us are more aware of other connections than we are capable of explaining in the common terms and values of today's society. That doesn't mean we don't know what we're saying. It means that we're not easily understood and often misjudged.
This is one of the most wonderful scenes I have encountered in a movie: it validates the point of "What kind of proof do you need" regarding knowledge of the Universe from "sources" that are not "scientifically proven."
Kevin Spacey portrays "Prot" (long 'o'), a man who claims to be from K-PAX, a planet in a distant star system in the constellation Lyra. Prot is meeting with his psychiatrist (Jeff Bridges) and a team of astro-physicists (including Bridges' brother-in-law, "Dr. Becker") at the Hayden Planetarium in New York. Their dubious views of Prot are challenged when he diagrams the orbit of K-PAX on a light pad--and their mathematical calibrations are proven correct.
I am always amused by the looks of perplexed reality on the astronomers's faces when they realize that Prot does indeed know information about their research that corrects their theories about the Lyra star system.
Thank you to Cheryl Furman for bringing this movie to me.