Happy Towel Day!

PZ Myers posted a reminder that today is Towel Day, in honor of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. [Read more...]

LOST Conference

Nik at Nite posted a reminder about the conference on the TV show LOST scheduled to take place October 6th-8th, 2011 in New Orleans, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association in the South. The deadline for proposals of papers is June 30th 2011. Click through for more information [Read More...]

The Matrix and Gnosticism in the News

There’s a reason why I called my blog “Exploring Our Matrix” – it started as a venue for exploring the intersection of religion and science fiction, which at that point was still more of a side interest than something I taught about and published on. That topic continues to make the news and get attention [Read More...]

The LOST Series Finale: One Year Later

One of the most popular posts of all time on my blog in its old location was an explanation I offered of the ending of LOST, of which today is the one year anniversary. And so I thought I would repost it here, and invite discussion of LOST now that we have the benefit of [Read More...]

Doctor Who: The Rebel Flesh

The latest episode of Doctor Who, “The Rebel Flesh,” the first of a two-parter, explores some classic sci-fi terrain, as well as perhaps giving an important clue to the resolution of the rather dramatic puzzle that started this season. SPOLERS AHEAD! In this episode, the Doctor is still trying to figure out why Amy is [Read More...]

TRON Legacy

I went last night (sorry, very early this morning) to see the 12:01 showing of TRON Legacy. I’m not certain why the movie is getting so many negative reviews. Perhaps, as with more recent Star Wars movies (which are appreciated just fine by the young and spoken of with disdain by many of their parents), [Read More...]

Fringe: LOST with Answers

Anyone who loved LOST really ought to be watching that other creation of J. J. Abrams, Fringe, if they aren’t already. It isn’t exactly the same show, but it might be useful (given the theme of parallel universes on Fringe) to think of Fringe as LOST in a parallel universe’s version. It explores many similar [Read More...]

What was the Ending of LOST?

One of the all-time most popular posts on this blog is my explanation of the ending of LOST. I’ve occasionally had people reach here searching specifically for “What was the ending of LOST?” and it is actually a good question. There is a sense in which an ending in the afterlife is not what we [Read More...]

Doctor Who and the Jesus Tradition

There is an obvious way that Doctor Who could be related to the Jesus tradition: we just need someone with a TARDIS to go back and record what Jesus said and did, which we can then compare with the later Gospels. Since that is not currently feasible, here’s plan B (which Judy Redman began to elaborate [Read More...]

The Ending of LOST Explained

Nik at Nite has shared an explanation of LOST that claims to be from someone at Bad Robot and reflect the outlook of the show’s creator, producers and writers. It may or may not be authentic, but at first glance it seems at the very least to come from someone who has insight into the [Read More...]

LOST Places In The Heart: Making sense of LOST now that it is over (SPOILERS!)

In this post I will begin the process of putting into words my reflections about LOST, and will mention and discuss the details of the finale. And so if you have yet to see the finale, and are trying to avoid SPOILERS, then you should probably bookmark this post and come back later. It is [Read More...]


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