As we finish watching Minority Report, consider the following questions that the film seems to raise:
- What is the relationship between free will and determinism? How is this relationship explored through the areas of knowledge? Consider:
- Maths: What does it mean that the Precogs are "pattern recognition filters?" Relate this to your understanding of algorithms and machine learning.
- Human Sciences: How are the predictions of the Precogs linked to an idea of human behavior as "socially constructed?
- Natural Sciences: What does the ability or inability to "change the future" suggest about the nature of the physical universe? Compare this to your understanding of a deterministic "billiard ball" universe as described by Newtonian physics.
- Ethics: What are the ethical implications of the assumption that the future is knowable? What does it mean for a discovery of meaning in life?
- What are the implications of the films treatment of the connections between Capitalist materialism and a surveillance society?