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Cinema & The Arts as Sermons: The Mind & Worlds of Phillip K. Dick

Updated: Jul 27, 2023

Philip K. Dick - If You Find This World Bad, You Should See Some of the Others

The Mind & Worlds of Phillip K. Dick

"Philip K. Dick's famous "Metz speech," the address he gave at the second Festival International de la Science-Fiction in Metz, France, on September 24th, 1977." from video introduction.

If you read anything about Philip K. Dick you will soon discover he was a tortured individual. Philip K. Dick lived a hard life punctuated with routine mental illness which included Schizophrenia. The time in which he lived did not have the resources in regards to medications we have even today. God gave him a great gift of writing, thinking and imagining! I for one am grateful for his gifts and all they have revealed to us. - Andy

Phillip K Dick - Writer, Dreamer, Schizophrenia

"Every human should be very much concerned about their mental status and those of their loved ones as it is not a pleasant experience. Learning about your mental health is therefore very important as it could help you to detect when there are issues with your mental health or that of your loved ones as early as possible and know what to do if you should notice any of the sign of mental ill-health.

Psychosis, Schizophrenia & the Artist

Psychosis is when the mind behaves in an abnormal way especially when the individual loses contact with reality. Schizophrenia is a leading cause of psychosis. Schizophrenia is a type of mental disorder which leads to not being able to recognize what is real and leads to abnormal social behavior. Symptoms of schizophrenia include hallucinations, delusions as well as disorganized speech and thinking. The major causes of schizophrenia include genetic (inherited from a parent), environment, developmental factors and usage of substance such as alcohol and drugs. A lot of individuals and popular figures have suffered from Schizophrenia one of which is Philip Kindred Dick.." from the article: Phillip K Dick - Writer, Dreamer, Scizophrenia

When Philip K. Dick turned to Christianity

"Once considered a cult figure, the science fiction author Philip K. Dick is now recognized as one of the most prescient and powerful writers of the 20th century. His work not only foreshadowed many of the technological anxieties and possibilities of our era, but shaped the sensibility of the sixties and seventies in ways that continue to mark us today. His tumultuous personal and psychic life not only fed his art, but led him to pursue a quirky mysticism that took a myriad of forms.." from the article: When Philip K. Dick turned to Christianity

How Philip K. Dick’s Fiction Lived Up to Modern Science

Like all great science fiction writers, Philip K. Dick inspired a generation to imagine the future. His sci-fi books and short stories, published in the 1950s and 60s, centered on technological advances that didn’t yet exist. There are emotional robots, crime-predicting mutants, manipulated memories and more. Frequently in Dick’s stories, the protagonists struggle with their own sense of humanity and sometimes question reality. Filmmakers, caught up by the dramatic arcs of these personal journeys, created movie blockbusters based on them, such as “Blade Runner,” “Minority Report” and “Total Recall.”

Today, some of the innovations at the heart of Dick’s sci-fi books have been made real. Artificial intelligence, metamaterials, predictive algorithms, genetic engineering, virtual reality and more drive modern society. This March marks the 27th anniversary of Philip K. Dick’s death — and is an opportunity to examine the technologies he imagined and how their contemporary counterparts hold up... from the article: How Philip K. Dick’s Fiction Lived Up to Modern Science

"Philip K. Dick lived most of his life in California. He was born in 1928 in Chicago. In his career PKD wrote 36 novels and five short story collections between 1952 and 1982 when he died in Santa Ana, California.

A Scanner Darkly was dedicated to many of his friends who died or suffered damage from drug abuse (including himself). The first person narration of Radio Free Albemuth is written from the perspective of a young science fiction writer named Philip who lives in Berkeley. Many insights into Dick’s view of his world are available here. These include his distrust for government and authority, his life as a professional writer and even cosmic visions he is said to have experienced. The novels of the Valis trilogy continue to blur the lines between fiction and Dick’s twisted reality.." from his biography on

Philip K. Dick & Alternate Realities | The Off the Cuff Podcast with Richard & Tracey | CLIP

"This clip is from Episode 9 of The Off the Cuff Podcast with Richard & Tracey, titled, “Philip K. Dick and Alternate Realities.” OTC Podcast is a regular feature at richarddolanmembers, in which Richard and Tracey do long-form conversations on UFOs, aliens, psi phenomena, politics, transhumanism, futurism, and more. To listen to the complete episode, as well as many others, please join" from video introduction. An online community for followers of Philip K. Dick, old and new, along with the promotion of his work and the sharing of information, text, audio or visual that pertains to his life, his work and his legacy. Includes news, articles, criticism, interviews, biography, synopses of major works, reviews, links, and much more.

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