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Her (2013) and the Question of Consciousness

What is to be human? What is to be conscious? Explore, analyze, and interpret Samantha (Scarlett Johanson) as a character in the movie Her through the lens of modern understanding of consciousness. The article can focus on the emotions, a real and tangible variable, of Theodore (Joaquin Phoneix) to argue in the authenticity of the relationship.

  • I think the idea of the mind/body problem comes into full effect in this film. Although traditionally we have thought of consciousness as a purely mental activity, devoid of any emotions, we see that there is something lacking when she does not have a body. I wonder how this can affect our ideas of consciousness in relation to the body. Do we need a body to be considered thinking beings? – TheRej 8 years ago
  • Yes, I agree. Also, at one point of the movie Theodore says something along the lines, you are the most beautiful woman I've ever been with. I remember I completely agreed with it. Samantha is beatiful, yet she doesn't have a body. How do we explain it? Exploring the beauty in that character might bring clarity into what the hell means inner-beauty. – ismael676 8 years ago