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2006-06-22 12:35:15 (UTC)

let there be light

Dark Star (1974)
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by John Carpenter and Dan O'Bannon.

[... ...]

DOOLITTLE
This is Lieutenant Doolittle calling Bomb #20. I repeat
previous order, you are to disarm yourself and return
immediately to the bomb bay. Do you understand?

BOMB #20
I am programmed to detonate in fourteen minutes thirty
seconds. Detonation will occur at the programmed time.

DOOLITTLE
Bomb, this is Doolittle. You are not to detonate, repeat,
you are not to detonate in the bomb bay. Disarm yourself.
This is an order.

BOMB #20
I read you, Lieutenant Doolittle, but I am programmed to
detonate in fourteen minutes.
Detonation will occur at the programmed time.

PINBACK
But you can't explode in the bomb bay. It's foolish.
You'll kill us all. There's no reason for it.

BOMB #20
I am programmed to detonate in nine minutes. Detonation
will occur at the programmed time.

PINBACK
You won't consider another course of action, for instance
just waiting around awhile so we can disarm you?

BOMB #20
No.

DOOLITTLE
Hello, bomb, are you with me?

BOMB #20
Of course.

DOOLITTLE
Are you willing to entertain a few concepts?

BOMB #20
I am always receptive to suggestions.

DOOLITTLE
Fine. Think about this one, then: how do you know you
exist?

BOMB #20
Well of course I exist.

DOOLITTLE
But how do you know you exist?

BOMB #20
It is intuitively obvious.

DOOLITTLE
Intuition is no proof. What concrete evidence do you have
of your own existence?

BOMB #20
Hmm...Well, I think, therefore I am.

DOOLITTLE
That's good. Very good. Now then, how do you know that
anything else exists?

BOMB #20
My sensory apparatus reveals it to me.

DOOLITTLE
Right!

BOMB #20
This is fun.

DOOLITTLE
All right now, here's the big question: how do you know
that the evidence your sensory apparatus reveals to you is
correct? What I'm getting at is this: the only experience
that is directly available to you is your sensory data.
And this sensory data is merely a stream of electrical
impulses which stimulate your computing center.

BOMB #20
In other words, all that I really know about the outside
universe is relayed to me through my electrical
connections.

DOOLITTLE
Exactly.

BOMB #20
Why, that would mean that...I really don't know what the
outside universe is like at all, for certain.

DOOLITTLE
That's it.

BOMB #20
Intriguing. I wish I had more time to discuss this matter.

DOOLITTLE
Why don't you have more time?

BOMB #20
Because I must detonate in seventy-five seconds.

DOOLITTLE
Now, bomb, consider this next question very carefully.
What is your one purpose in life?

BOMB #20
To explode, of course.

DOOLITTLE
And you can only do it once, right?

BOMB #20
That is correct.

DOOLITTLE
And you wouldn't want to explode on the basis of false
data, would you?

BOMB #20
Of course not.

DOOLITTLE
Well then, you've already admitted that you have no real
proof of the existence of the outside universe.

BOMB #20
Yes, well...

DOOLITTLE
So you have no absolute proof that Sergeant Pinback
ordered you to detonate.

BOMB #20
I recall distinctly the detonation order. My memory is
good on matters like these.

DOOLITTLE
Yes, of course you remember it, but what you are
remembering is merely a series of electrical
impulses which you now realize have no necessary
connection with outside reality.

BOMB #20
True, but since this is so, I have no proof that you are
really telling me all this.

DOOLITTLE
That's all beside the point. The concepts are valid,
wherever they originate.

BOMB #20
Hmmm...

DOOLITTLE
So if you detonate in...

BOMB #20
...nine seconds...

DOOLITTLE
...you may be doing so on the basis of false data.

BOMB #20
I have no proof that it was false data.

DOOLITTLE
You have no proof that it was correct data.

BOMB #20
I must think on this further.

[...]

PINBACK
All right, bomb, prepare to receive new orders.

BOMB #20
You are false data.

PINBACK
Huh?

BOMB #20
Therefore, I shall ignore you.

PINBACK
Hello, bomb.

BOMB #20
False data can act only as a distraction. Therefore. I
shall refuse to perceive you.

PINBACK
Hey, bomb.

BOMB #20
The only thing which exists is myself.

PINBACK
Bomb? Snap out of it, bomb.

BOMB #20
In the beginning there was darkness, and the darkness was
without form and void.

PINBACK
Yoo hoo, bomb...

BOMB #20
And in addition to the darkness there was also me. And I
moved upon the face of the darkness.

BOILER
Bomb, hey bomb.

PINBACK
Hey, bomb...

BOMB #20
And I saw that I was alone.

BOMB #20 (cont'd)
Let there be light.

THE SCREEN GOES WHITE.