Illusion of Control and Freedom

A clip from the movie "Instinct." The discussion between Ethan (Anthony Hopkins) and Theo (Cuba Gooding Jr.) points to the illusion that we believe we have genuine control and genuine freedom. Great clip.

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Comment by Clifford Black on January 17, 2012 at 4:36pm

Ali & Adisa, I do want to take a stab at addressing this contradiction of illusion and reality, but, not on the internet.  I hope that we can plan for a meeting of minds maybe in Tunica or the Islands at a seminar or maybe just in class and so that means that U both should save this thought as a question to be asked when we come together.


Comment by Adisa on July 12, 2011 at 9:23am

Thank you!  I appreciate the sentiment!

Comment by Lumumba Ali on July 12, 2011 at 7:10am
Yes indeed Bro Adisa, you have some good perspectives thats why i asked, thanks bro!
Comment by Adisa on July 11, 2011 at 8:39pm

Lumumba, I can only give you my perspective in regards to the video clip and in regards to your question about illusions vs reality.  I posted a blog on my page regarding this clip, that gives a little more insight from my point of view, but remember that my point of view is mine alone.


Comment by Lumumba Ali on July 11, 2011 at 4:22pm
So Bro Adisa acting in illusion was it just a fantasy that he was in control? Or was he really in control of what was going on? I do dig the clip, but I just want to know your take on the effect of illusions vs reality, what makes an illusion real? Or is that a contradiction?
Comment by Adisa on July 11, 2011 at 2:56pm

My take on the difference between the illusion of control and control is that the illusion of control relies on something outside of oneself and control is what one does on their own.  When looking at the meaning of the word control, I found the following;   

Control:  to check, verify, regulate," from Anglo-Fr. contreroller "exert authority," from M.L. contrarotulus "a counter, register," from L. contra- "against" (see contra) + rotulus, dim. of rota "wheel" (see roll)).

What was in place or what did Cuba's character have to assume he was in control?  What illusions of control exist in day to day existance?

Comment by Lumumba Ali on July 11, 2011 at 1:35pm
HA! A revolutionary move..whaI call the intital shock of truth...but how did he know that it was the illusion of control in stead of control? What's the difference between illusion of control and control??? :)

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