The Golden Compass : Episode 68

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The Golden Compass

What: Little girl has magic compass, goes north with an ARMORED POLAR BEAR to save many children.
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards

Recommended and Related Media

His Dark Materials By Philip Pullman
The trilogy bearing The Golden Compass (the first book) on which this movie was based. It’s pretty good! It had a lot more going on that was basically not present in the movie. Worth a look.
Read it with your ears iTunes | Amazon (1, 2, 3)
Read it with your eyes iTunes | Amazon

PBS Spacetime
They have videos on dark matter and the multiverse! And many other topics.

Show Notes


Issues before, issues during, issues in the final cut. So many issues! How the movie lost much of the depth of the book.

Scifi vs Fantasy

Sciencey veneer over a big pile of fantasy. Maybe steampunk?

Dark Matter

Recognizing that dark matter makes no sense as an explanation for dust. Considering the public conception of dark matter way back when the book was written. Discovery and modern evidence. Bullet cluster. Baryonic matter. Dark energy or the cosmological constant.

The Mind-Body Problem

Familiars and daemons and souls. Dualism. Consciousness uploading. Metaknowledge.

Polar Bears

Polar bear evolution. Shrinking habitat. Hollow hairs and skin color and other adaptations. Blubber and keeping cool.

Parallel Universes

Svalbard! Aurora. The many-worlds interpretation.



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