December 9th, 2010

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The Conundrum of Sam Winchester and the origami unicorn

Following a season which had us pondering the existence of God, this seasons Supernatural has us considering the nature of the soul and mind/body dualism. As we head towards the end of the first half of the season, I wanted to look at the question of the two Sams.

Supernatural is obviously employing a concept of soul beyond the simple idea of it being the essence of a person because the Sam we see each week continues to live and act and feel. Dean calls him roboSam, buthe is not entirely not!Sam. The replicant line of course is a reference to Blade Runner, which also explored what it is to be human (and of course was also an example of neo-noir). It also posed the question - how do you know you are not a replicant yourself?

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