The “Stargate**”: Comparison Process, Creativity, and Linguistics.
**copywrite MGM, director, Roland Emmerich
By Herb Wiggins, M.D.; Clinical Neurosciences; Discoverer/Creator of the Comparison Process/COMP Theory/Model; 14 Mar. 2014
Here will once again show the capabilities of the COMP, this time when viewing a movie which is full of creative events, translations, the use of smell to ID persons, thus establishing another kind of COMP tool, the bloodhound method; and the final creative event when in extremis from a nuclear device counting down to detonation, they find a way to survive, by both using the COMP in the same way, simultaneously. All of this, art imitating events. It’s best to view the original CD with this partial guide to visually experience these Creative moments and to view the Movie making methods and talent being employed there. ..
At the onset first scene is the discovery by a Swedish team, where a Viveca Lindfors, as Catherine, very young at the time, is at the Egyptian archeological site at Giza, in view of the Great Pyramids, where a large black wheel has been found. She’s given a golden Ra medallion, and carries this with her. What is this big wheel? What medallion? Emmerich creates interest and suspense, which moves the plot onward.
Next scene is Daniel Jackson, the protagonist, who makes the plot move from one major creative discovery to the next, both enlightening us about how creativity works and how the viewers minds are being taught, enlightened, until they are led to understand. Stargate is not just a movie, but a biological field trip through the human mind, how a creative script writer and director make good, entertaining movies. And WHY they are gratifying and entertaining. Spielberg does much the same. The Comparison Process, which is universal in humans, can show us many of the stages of what is going on in the minds of the viewers and how this interacts and is stimulated and given meaning, created by the multimedia, primarily visual, of the movie. This is the power of the COMP. This is how art imitates life.
In the next scene Jackson is trying to relate his theories about the Great Pyramid to a shrinking audience and finally he’s left with a friend who also leaves. They don’t want to hear his theory. Finally, he comes to the realization that all are gone and he packs up and leaves. too, going out into a pouring rain. Very dismal scene, symbolic in many ways. As he waits a car drives up, man gets out and asks him to step inside. Again, symbolic, his gateway. So he gets in dripping wet, his bags outside in the full rain, few events bleaker. &, there is Catherine, again, grown older, wearing the medallion, uniting this scene with the first. Says to him, how would you like to prove your theory? And he’s hooked, and so are we. She holds out papers, and says, “Travel plans.” short, to the point, and the audience is left to ask, travel plans for what, to where? Thus keeping interest. At this point the viewers are trying mightily to figure out what IS that thing at Giza, what is that medallion, what travel plans? How to make sense of all of these events? Their cortices are trying by using the Comparison Process to figure out what’s going on, to try to understand this mystery. The movie makers have gotten inside the viewers’ minds, and they have become part of the plot.
Then Daniel says, “I think I’m going now.” Viveca says, “To where?” He’s lost his job, his apartment and everything he owns is with him. does he takes the plans?
The next scene is at the entry of what appears to be the entry gate of Cheyenne Mtn., in the Springs, Colorado. Jackson gets out of the car. And we see at once, Emmerich had elided over the boring journey, to Where? Once again, the minds of the viewers are asking where is this, what is this, what’s going on? Emmerich gets in their heads again. Keeps the plot moving briskly, no time left to get bored.
Daniel is introduced to Catherine and her two associates. And we know that he’s traveled to the mountain entrance, but to what?
She takes him to a blackboard where some lines of hieroglyphics are written down and translated, but not well. He looks at them, begins to translate them, and says, “Wrong. I don’t know why they use Budge anymore.” Budge is a widely published dictionary of hieroglyphics. And that’s how everything is tied once again to real, existing events, and becomes credible. It shows that Jackson can translate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and does it well. And it’s not a door, and Jackson calls it a “Stargate”. And THAT being the movie’s title, things come together, and the viewers minds are once again going, “What’s a Stargate?” Rolland has gotten inside their heads again, keeping their attentions and they are trying all of them to figure out what’s going on. The plot moves along. Then Daniel is shown symbols of images taken from parts of the Stargate, but not showing the whole ring structure, just pieces of it. Again, enticing, but not explaining, keeping interest going, keeping those cortices working, without answering or explaining anything. Setting up their minds to accept the answers, to be receptive, brilliantly and make them want the answers, and then give the answers. We can see the script/director working inside the minds of the viewers, leading them to where he wants them to go. Their Comps ARE GOING CRAZY trying to solve those questions. They NEED the answers.
So Daniel is told the symbols are unlike anything ever seen before, thus launching him on the Quest. And the audience goes right along with him. Time passes. Daniel is thinking, analyzing, comparing with all that he knows, working by trial and error (yet another COMP method), trying to figure out what those symbols are and how they are used, 6 of them, plus a 7th. Critical information. So we see him at night, a bit tired, disheveled, and he hasn’t figured it out. The audience is with him, inside their heads, and we can see what Emmerich is doing. So Jackson is tired, unsuccessful, goes out into the corridor for coffee and a guard there is reading the newspaper. Daniel sees the image of the constellation of Orion on the paper, looks at it, tho the viewers might not see it, grabs the paper, looks at it excitedly, and says, “Can I have this?” Guard nods, Daniel is acting like a nerd, which is funny, gets attention from the viewers, and they are asking again, what’s going on?
But THIS is the next creative insight, how creativity is created by the COMP and how Emmerich knows/understands this on a basic level what’s going on with creativity. Because what those symbols were, were constellations. And once Daniel had that clue, the creative comparison between his quest for understanding the symbols was solved by trial and error and he’d found the answer. It was when he got excited and ran off. An Eureka moment, full of dopamine burst and excitement. The Aha!! moment of creativity and discovery. It’s very realistic. But Roland once again keeps the audience guessing, keeping their minds still searching for an understanding of what’s going on. They know he’s found something, but what? It keeps them watching, the plot moving on.
The next scene is a room full of persons including the Stargate teams, Col. O’Neill (Kurt Russell), General West, and Viveca giving poise, dignity and character, and Daniel in comic relief & contrast being clumsy and entertaining, otherwise known as character development, So he distributes the maps and such, apologizing clumsily, and then explains what’s going on. The audience are ready for it now. Roland has them well prepared. The symbols are star constellations, he tells them. His first creative insight. By his next insight, creatively made using a six sided cube, he shows them how a single point on each face of the cube when connected by lines will locate a single point in space. And then one asks, but what’s the 7th for? And he shows “the point of origin”. Again, the comparison process, by which all journeys must start. The arbitrary, fixed point from which we measure all things, according to Einstein. If we are to measure from one place to another (Comparison process) we must have a point to start from. Be it time or space and that’s a fundamental part of Einstein’s theory of Relativity.
Throughout all is the constellation of Orion, which was very important to Egyptians, and we can construct a very logical syllogism showing what he found. In the 2nd case, again the 7 points are described by the 7 points needed to specify a journey. But a journey to where? Roland continues the tension.
So the Data dump is done, we get it now, but there’s still something missing. Daniel asks, what is this all about? He states what everyone is thinking in the audience. The writer/director is inside everyone’s heads, where the COMPs are still trying to figure things out. He’s directing their thinking. He knows what he’s doing. He knows how their minds are working, using COMP methods of his own, to understand their cortical processes. And using that intuitive knowledge, tho he doesn’t realize the fullest nature of what he’s doing, does it again and again. Just like the endless recursivity, repeatability of the Comparison Process, which can be done again and again, without limit.
Then Viveca says, clearly, distinctly, “He’s done it.” Everyone knows he’s explained the symbols, but what does that all mean? Emmerich has them now, inside their heads, leading them brilliantly along with credibility and interest.
Again, succinctly, Gen. West says, “Show him.” Show him what? Grabs the viewers’ attentions again, never allowing the minds to wander, beautifully timed. This is great art.
So the next scene is very overproduced, but increases the interest and keeps the audience’s Comparison processes, curiosity and everything else waiting in suspense building it up, to the unveiling of the “Stargate”. There it is, the same great black wheel seen in the first scene of the movie. Daniel asks again, what every movie viewers watching is asking, “What is it?” And Viveca states again, “It’s your Stargate.” Meaning is given. Everything is beautifully, logically prepared. Loud and dramatic music reinforces the importance of the moment. “This is Your Stargate.”
Everyone watching gets a burst of dopamine from the discovery. They get it now. Meaning is given to the word, “Stargate”, carefully built up and delivered. It’s reinforcing and when they watch the movie again and again, they get the same dopamine reward. This is the key to keeping the viewers’ attentions. Develop the dramatic tension and then reward them. They’ll be back to view the movie again and probably buy a DVD. Emmerich is inside their heads. He’s got them now. This is how a movie master works, understanding the brain’s cortical processes which create understanding and discovery and creativity, and the feelings released with those processes, which we all have, The COMP allows us to understand and get inside the minds of the movie goers and analyze how the movie makers’ art works. This is the potential of the COMP. This can be done with most any movie.
Then comes the dramatic special effects after Viveca announces that “Jackson has found the 7th symbol.” The machine gets turned on, and then the dramatic suspense with the 7th symbol being locked in. The water pool’s reflection turned on the side with a big mass of airy water comes protruding out and then settles down to a rippling, reflecting pool, on its side. Then what?
They send thru the wheeled probe to find out where it’s gone to, as Viveca says, Dramatically, “To the other side of the known universe”, and we know it’s a world. It’s handled well. And the probe sends back data showing humans can live there. The Stargate shuts down and it all stops.
Next scene is with Daniel and the team, and he’s being asked if he can bring them back from the other side of the Stargate. He thinks for a while, comparing possibilities and he wants to get there, just like everyone in the audience wants to from the curiosity piquing by Roland, and he says. “Yes.” They ask him if he’s sure and he affirms it. Viewer interest continuing thru all of it.
Finally they move thru the same Stargate, and the intense sensations of moving thru a series of wormholes, very much like in Sagan’s “Contact”, and they are there, coming out of another star gate. Daniel walks out of the temple building and looks up and sees another Great pyramid, his theory is confirmed, dopamine burst again, and he says, “I knew it.” Audience gets the same rush. He’s thinking what they are thinking. Rolland is leading them again.
Then they find out a major cognitive dissonance. Daniel can’t get them back again. He’s shunned by the other team members, outcast, where he’s been before from the first part. and he takes off, and gets accosted by an alien beast of burden. They find him there, and comes the next creative insight. Kurt says, it’s not a wild animal. There are people around here. He sees the trappings on it, and realized, creatively, that people had to make this, and leads the audience again, very logically. A Quest to find the people, as they follow the beast, which they want to learn more from. Movie leads them over a hill and down below, is the mine with 100’s of people there working.
Comes the contact with humans, but on an alien world’s species and they make some real stumbling attempts at communication. The village elder takes them inside and gives them a feast. This is where the large cooked reptile is (tho it’s rubber) and Daniel says it tastes like chicken and he make the chicken squawking sounds, which is entertaining again, comic relief, dopamine release, and foreshadowing. After the feast they make it clear he’s to marry the elder’s daughter, whose name we do not know. and this is where the COMP gets used again. We have cognitive dissonance, Daniel doesn’t want to get married, and this creates dramatic tension, makes the plot move on. Again, we see using the COMP, the movie maker’s art. It’s all perfectly understood by the viewers, too. Roland is well inside their heads.
So Daniel and Sherry are together in a tent. Hers is a woman’s name, and we know that. But it has to be introduced. Daniel is shy and so is she. He points to himself and says “Daniel”, trying to establish some common ground, verbal communication. He points at himself and she imitates it. Once again the imitation is the Comparison Process of education, teaching, learning. He shakes his head no, and then she gets it. and points to herself and says, “Sherry” and giggles. Dopamine is released with the recognition. Again, the creative act of self-identification. She gets the idea. Communication is on going. It’s the COMP in full panoply. And the viewers know it, too. Same realization, same mental process. By this stratagem, they know and understand. This is how we learn and discover things. It’s understood by most ALL of the viewers. Her name is Sherry. A woman’s name.
Then Daniel tries to write in the sand and she messes up the sand, removing the letters. Everyone knows she’s upset by that. But why? Daniel has again an insight. Do you know these symbols? And insightfully again, her Comparison Process leads her to know it. and she nods, yes. and he points to his eyes and says show me. Communication is created by the COMP, with both person’s cortices trying to make sense of what is being indicated, and the audience all understand. THAT is how the COMP works. and Roland understands it fully, master communicator that he is.
Using the COMP the next scenes show us exactly how language, translation and understanding arise. This is a deeper meaning of Stargate. So we are taken to an old, ruined temple and Sherry shows him the hieroglyphs. He reads them & begins to translate, speaking out loud. She knows he’s reading them, and after he says out loud, ” teper-i-eff”, and she says, “tepereff?” and so a pronunciation clue is given. and then he says, “netcher, netcheru”, meaning “god, gods”. and she says, “natu-ru”, and laughs. The dopamine release of recogntion, again. The words compare to each other. She understands him, He understands her. Dopamine gets released and he smiles back. Translation by trial and error, Discovery, creativity, understanding, the hallmarks of the Comparison Process working by commonality in all human cortices. Eventually, by speaking words and comparing them to each other’s words, they build up a good understanding of her ancient Egyptian dialect, similar to ancient Egyptian hnows, which he explains later.
And this is how the COMP works. It’s a natural translator, a natural, built in process that creates, actively, meaning and understanding using words, and in other ways. When the Rosetta Stone was found, with Ptolemaic Egyptian hieroglyphs on the upper section, demotic in the middle, both unknown, and then on the bottom the same text in Hellenistic Greek which WAS known, that is understandable and how those words compared to modern French & English.
When Champollion and Young translated it steadily, again by trial and error, a quintessentially organized COMP method for finding the meanings. Carl Sagan showed on “Cosmos” that the words Ptolmes and Kleopatra were both written in Hieroglyphics and compared to those in Hellenistic Greek, then translation became possible. The words in hieroglyphs were compared to the known Greekwords and translation followed, steadily slowly, building up the language letter by letter, word by word, just as a child learns it. Just as Sherry and Daniel taught each other. By using the Comparison Process, again and again, until most everything was translated.
This is the power of the COMP. It’s a universal translator. It’s how children learn language by comparing words with imitation and steady work, trial and error in pronunciation and usage. It’s how Helen Keller learned to communicate, despite blindness and deafness, also. By the process of Comparison, always seeking meaning and understanding in symbols, words, and speech. Those cortical cell columns in the brain which are very much alike in all living persons, and which create language, thru the active process of trying to understand what words mean, and succeeding by Trial and Error. The same process of discovery. The same creation of creativity from the COMP. It’s all the same cortical cell column processes, it’s all the same/similar mental processes, It’s the COMP.
So the next scene is Kurt with Skaa-ra and his friends trying to find Daniel, off in the temple with Sherry. He tried again to communicate with symbols, and imitates the glasses Daniel wears, but they don’t get it. Finally, he says chicken and makes the squawking sounds and they imitate it, too. Then Skaa-ra makes sense of it, and understands. It’s about Daniel. Creative insight again. and you can see it. He gets the idea. So does the audience. Rolland is once again in their heads, having them follow the plot with him. They are part of the movie, actively involved. This is a master’s method. And we can see it using the COMP. But how to find Daniel? They don’t know where he is. But Skaa-ra takes Daniel’s jacket from Kurt, and then gives it to that same beast beast of burden which Daniel was awakened by in the desert. It sniffs the Daniel’s jacket and says, we are sure, “Find him.” We see what the beast is doing, and what he said and we understand without words by comparing his action to his words. Context creates meanings as well as words in those contexts.
And here it is again. Skaa-ra thinks, works it out, realized that the Dan’s jacket could be used to find Daniel, because the same beast of burden Daniel met before is a bloodhound. The audience doesn’t quite get it yet and follow along, thinking, what is going on? And when they find Daniel at the temple, they know, The beast is a tracker. They compared what happened to what they knew before, and recognized by a COMP call to the Long Term memory. They all did it in the audience. They all have the same cortical cell columns which work the same ways. and they are all entrained following the movie’s plotting.
Now let’s look what has happened here. The way a bloodhound’s tracking works is that every person has a unique smell, and not having showered, Daniel’s body odor was pretty ripe in the hot desert. Skaa-ra knew that. We can see his mind work with the COMP. He’s sharp and intelligent. He thinks and finds, from his memory a method which will find Daniel. And the audience figures it out. But once again, Roland has them chasing a beast to Daniel, where the creative solution by Skaa-ra becomes apparent. Again, the beast recognizes Daniel by his scent, the beast which found him in the desert, saving his life, and also dragged him to the overlook near the mine. Integrating with high efficiency an earlier, known event with this later one by skillful foreshadowing. It knew him by his scent. It recognized him by comparing the scent on his jacket with the scent it associated with him by the Comparison Process in the beasts brain. Again, same scent, same person. Same name, same person. Same face, same person. The Comparison Process writ large, and again and again, in endless re-iterations of use, Le Chanson sans Fin..
But there’s more. Animals can recognize specific humans, just as humans can each other. They can recognize their mates, their offspring, food, prey, predators. They can establish territoriality by recognizing the landmarks near their nest or dens by means of smell, location and sight. They have LTM (Long Term Memory) which can store those memories, which they compare to where they are, what they see and smell and “KNOW” where things are, by the COMP. They compare what they see to what they remember, and create recognition. So wherever there is recognition, a cognitive process, then there is the Comparison Process. Animals share the COMP with humans. Their brain structure may not be the same, but it’s quite analogous in function. Their mental processes may be different, but we have the major brain outputs of recognitions in common with them, in many different ways.
In this the COMP and its capacities unites us with most all of the animals on the earth. They can recognize events, as can we. The porpoises also know territories and have names for each other. Most birds, mammals, reptiles and even most fish have territories. Even the sea anemones, and the sponges and corals from 100’s of millions of years ago, have had territories, and know self from other species, or how would they breed and reproduce? In this, the COMP unites not only the higher mammals, but the lower animals. It unites by a common biochemical DNA reproductions and uses, all life on earth, which complementary comparing of the DNA nucleotides to each other in DNA synthesis, is shown to be the COMP, by its duplication for growth and development and reproduction. The COMP unites most all known life on earth, thru this common biochemistry and recognition and similar functions.
So next scene is Kurt with Daniel and Sherry and he’s trying to find the 7th symbol that will get them off the earth, as he’s just found the first 6, but the 7th is worn away. Gone. Kurt leaves him cursing him. Daniel is upset, but they want to be freed from Ra, the alien being in the star ship. The quest continues. For the rest of the movie, the astute movie goer can continue using the COMP and figure out much of the rest.
So in the culminating scene of the movie, when Kurt and Daniel are fighting the soldier of Ra, Kurt is trying to get rid of him as he’s too strong for him, and tosses him into the ring site of the smaller stargate, which takes the soldier up to the ship in orbit. He suddenly realized if he hits the button on the arm he had, the soldier would lose the arm and he’d be gone. And acted on that Creative insight, again. the COMP. Logically written as, If I want to get rid of him, I get him in the ring site, and touch the button, and he’s gone. and so that happened. and the soldier was transported and because the arm was outside the ring, it was left there.
Meanwhile, the atomic bomb which Ra sent to the planet is counting down to zero, thus creating extreme dramatic suspense and desperate tension, Suddenly, Daniel and Kurt state together, “I’ve got an idea.” They both put it together, creatively. If we put the bomb in the transport ring site, and we push the button, the A-bomb will go back up to the ship, and Ra won’t be able to stop it. And Blooey!! he’s gone. It shows that humans think alike, and they also use the COMP. They work together. The thought structure is logical and it worked. The next scene is the huge burst of light as the weapon is detonated, and the scene showed Ra being vaporized by the blast. Even after he clearly knew what was going to happen with the A-bomb ticking down to detonation, but not enough time to stop it, either. The people were now free. Lots of dopamine release, The audience is in on it, and the movie is nearly over. The astute movie maven can use the DVD to find yet more examples of Emmerich’s art and methods, using the Comparison Process as a guide to the psychological processes operating in the minds of both movie goers and movie makers in the Stargate.
But everywhere, the COMP allows us to see how meaning is created, how creativity works, how language and translation are created by the COMP. It’s good way to understand movie making because the ermpical introspection insights we get form the comparison process allows us to see this.
COMP gives us in psychological fields the capability of empirical introspection, to reliably, scientifically understand what’s going on inside the human brain and mind. Once we nkow it’s the COMP working, then everything else follows. Introspection if carefully used, is no longer off limits. It allows us to realize that the major cortical function of higher human thinking is the COMP. and this insight can create a great deal of understanding about the mind & it’s workings and then be used to increase our understanding of everything else.
The Comparison Process is a massive, unlimited decoder. Which can decode not only human understanding, language, maths, and related processes, but gives us unmatched insights into how creativity and creative writing and composing come from. The COMP is a unviersal decoder for evens in existence as well and has created sciences, engineering & technologies. Comparing ideas/words/events again and again until order and understanding are created. And when we in the next 1000’s of years travel into space, and eventually find another space faring species there, we will use the COMP to understand them and they us, uniting us by the Comparison Process. The Song Without End, endless in its variations, creating, organizing, developing, unifying the arts and sciences, communicating, recognition in all the myriad ways this multlplicit Process can perform. The Comparison Process..