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    Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan" (1651) describes the social process in which governments and citizens break or deify or seek to re-imagine standardized civil contracts in the search for libertine freedom, anarchism, or psychological recklessness. The word 'leviathan' itself refers to a spiritual concept meaning chaos or mayhem or general disorder or omen of uncertainty.

    We can imagine that the idea of leviathan can represent perceptions of overwhelming complexity or a geometry defying 'jagged edge.'

    For example, human beings, unlike animals, express creative thoughts about humor (and laughter) and also carry physiological stimulation spots on their body that, when tickled or agitated, can induce laughter and humor-like sensations. While humor is a favorable social response, the fact that the human body carries physiological humor tickle spots literally means you can tickle someone to death, thus not incurring a favorable response. This ironic undercurrent of the human laughter system then is a leviathan.

    How can leviathan ideas be applied to modern society? Certainly communications-geometry Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Johnny Mnemonic" (1995) and "Syriana" (2005) exemplify orderly modern social structures regarding governance lyricism. Perhaps communications-turbulence Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Liar, Liar" (1997) and "Virus" (1999) then represent ideas about leviathan.

    When we poke fun at someone with a speech impediment or someone who suffers from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), we are challenging respected notions of private human management of balance handicaps. If this humor remains intellectual and does not become too crude or personal, we can suggest that we are simply invoking leviathan concepts from relevant uncertainty-inquisition Hollywood (USA) movies such as "Hellraiser" (1987).

    Can leviathan concepts be used to understand the kamikaze consumerism economics that regulate Planet Hollywood capitalism?

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    Brassica oleracea Strange's Avatar
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    What is wrong with you?

    Seriously. Why do you keep posting threads with irrelevant movie references and then refuse to engage in any further discussion?

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    Another "Three Musketeers" Thread.

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    What about: Leviathan (1989) - IMDb

    This thread is now about Peter Weller.

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