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  1. FictionIsntReal
    January 27, 2023

    I’m listening to this podcast and haven’t seen Barbarian. Even though horror is my favorite genre! So you’re not just telling me what I already know.


    • FictionIsntReal
      January 27, 2023

      Also, regarding what we’ve “learned”, I don’t think something appearing in a work of fiction is evidence of anything actually learned. By definition, fiction consists of things that aren’t true and filmmakers can put whatever they want in there. There are indeed systematic biases of fiction that would mislead anyone who thought of them as a model of real life. If there was something that nobody knew about, like a new invention or scientific discovery, then referencing it in fiction could serve to date when it was made. But otherwise I would think of such things as more reflective of fads than learning.


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