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The Science of Cronenberg: Transcript 15

DAVID CRONENBERG: I think it’s sort of semi-conscious. In the sense that a beautiful architectural space is a kind of an ideal. It’s a conceptual thing, an abstract thing, almost a philosophical thing. And then reality happens. Which is chaotic and messy. And it’s the conflict of the two, or the decay of one into the other. And it’s like what we were talking about before with Audis and entropy and all that. The human body is not architecturally very straightforward. It’s really, really messy. And yet from the outside it can seem quite—architecturally quite nice. But the interior—and this once again the exterior and the interior. The interior of the body is really chaotic and messy. And as we study—get down to the quantum level of examination of the human cell, we see how even more like that it is that we thought before. It’s not schematic. It’s not like those nice schematic drawings of the cell that you saw in high school. So it’s kind of interesting. It’s really, basically, intellect vs. the world. The desire for some kind of abstract purity and clarity.