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More Human than Human - A Blade Runner Analysis

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In this installment of Nightmare Masterclass, I'll be discussing the Blade Runner films, as well as the novel that serves as their source material, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

What makes us human? Is it our capacity to contemplate and, indeed, question our own existence? It our tendency to ask "why"? Is it our ability to comprehend our own mortality--to recognize that, someday, each and every one of us will perish? Is it our propensity to categorize, to draw borders, to create distinctions when given the opportunity? These are not mutually exclusive concepts, and if your answer to the question, "What makes us human?" is all the above and then some, well, you're probably right. But is there an essential quality to what defines us? Is this even a philosophical road worth going down? Where does this road lead us?

Blade Runner 2049 is the highly anticipated sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi thriller Blade Runner, a stylish and enigmatic film loosely based on Phillip K Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. And it’s important to note that I will be discussing the novel, the original film, and 2049 in this video. As such, there will be extensive spoilers for all of these works. If you haven’t read the novel, or seen the films, I strongly urge you to do so before watching this video.

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https://www.amazon.com/Blade-Runner-Philip-K-Dick/dp/1524796972

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