I won't reveal more so as not to kill the pleasure of watching the movie, but there are some things that I don't agree with in relation to Sonia's (Norwegian physicist in the movie) train of thought- mostly the part where she claims that every living organism has the potential for creativity. Psychopaths (similar to some bacteria and viruses) are highly adaptable to the environment they occupy, but they have zero potential for creativity- as far as I know, at least.
Psychopaths create mayhem... and more psychopaths. Its what they do best.
By creativity, I believe the scientist Sonya (in the movie) meant the ability/phenomenon whereby a person creates something "new" that has some kind of value to everyone- for example the invention of the refrigerator, washing machine etc. Creating mayhem has no value to conscientious/empathetic beings, AFAIK...
Interesting that u mentioned a value to everyone
, but what that everyone means? For example invention of refrigerator has contributed to diminishing of our ozone layer since invention the better part of its time cooling units have used freon as substance which is known to have devastating effect on ozone molecules. So if u define creativity as ideas that have value to everyone the question arises what are those everyone?
If you count only one species than that is not everyone, not by far, maybe putted as "everyone" has more cling to it.
Another thing that you mentioned is "but they have zero potential for creativity". I don't know are bacteria and viruses creative but, again if you define creativity as something that has value to "everyone" we come across several bacterias and viruses without who our bodies wouldn't function properly so we share symbiotic relationship
. Namely comparisons show that mitochondria could be descendent from bacteria more so the alpha-proteobacteria. Also e. coli produces vitamin K, but excess of that bacteria can be very harmful, furthermore syncytin 1 and 2 a protein that helps by its source is not human from gene at all but as all data points out could be from one of the viruses.
So if we take creativity as something that has value to everyone we would very fast establish that something like that is rare but if u take it as something that has value to "everyone" than you can find large number of examples of that, a man of generosity builds home for homeless but doesn't pay attention to the other species that have lived on places where now houses lie or did he cut down forest for that and so on...
But than again in relation to whole planet maybe that "everyone" is the whole and everyone as bngenoh pointed in here:
"Whose to say that mayhem is not what Consciousness needs in order to create what "before" the mayhem lied only in the realm of probabilities and possibilities. They also have a purpose from a higher point of view "I" think, though they themselves do not know that. "I" think that their purpose is something like this: to give Humanity's individual and collective Consciousness such a shock, that it will awaken en masse (Wave again anyone) in response to such a pathogen invading it, and progressing uninhibited for so long. With this awakening, a simultaneous immunity will be established so that this never happens again. But just my thoughts on this matter FWIW."
When I watched move this was the one of the lines that bugged me. I mean what those everyone means. Since we had seen how our "creative" ideas have done for some of that everyone. Seems to me that when we have something like this in mind we often forget thing that relate to it. So if we are going to have something as creative in real sense than we must know what goes under that everyone but Sonia did mentioned something else that could relate and explained her point of view. Namely she mentioned in relation to everything else so that relation thing could bring into perspective all that EVERYONE, but than again how much we know in relation to that we so we could say, we are creative species...