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Puzzle through a classic ethical dilemma and decide: can human existence be meaningful without its creativity and culture?
Life on your planet depends entirely on Nuronium for normal cognition. Unfortunately, its source has been compromised and you are now at risk of extinction. Scientists have found an alternate energy source, Polixate, but it can’t sustain cognition and would mean the loss of people’s creativity. So, what shall it be: extinction or life without culture? Douglas MacLean explores this classic dilemma.
Lesson by Douglas MacLean, directed by Asparuh Petrov, Compote Collective.
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