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Dec 14, 2012 | 6:07 PM EST
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Update: I made this when I was fifteen. Settle down.

circa 2012:

BEFORE YOU LEAVE A REVIEW, take this with a grain of salt- many of the "facts" here are purely theoretical and unquantifiable, as is the exact odds of your existence. This animation was created to entertain, and lots of my research has been simplified to reach a greater audience (not to say it isn't accurate, however, it's all as accurate as I could ever get). So don't get all science-y on me, I'm not a professional science-y guy. I just googled some data and multiplied it all together for your amusement. ~Enjoy!

Originally created for NATA 2012, which I ended up winning. Rad!

So this one's actually been finished for a while now, but I didn't have the chance to upload it because of some video file conversion issues, which were resolved by my good pal Ricepirate (thanks!) It's way different than anything else I've ever done, but I think you'll enjoy it anyway :)

So a quick word on the tournament this was for-
I had 25 days to make this, so naturally I saved pretty much all of it for the last week or so. Then a series of increasingly misfortunate things happened, such as my graphics tablet breaking, not being able to find my files, and accidentally overwriting half of my movie seven hours before the deadline. Somehow I managed to pull all the pieces back together, and as luck would have it, I came in first place for the round. My direct opponent for that round, Slackman, came in a close second, which means if I had gotten any lower than first, I would have lost before the semi-finals.

What are the odds?



Rated 1 / 5 stars

The first organisms did not come from nothingness, it was believed when the earth was still forming that some of the metoerites hitting the earth carried some of these cells which formed one the planet to create DNA, which became the first l"iving thing" on the planet, it all started from there.

Emrox responds:

I suppose "inanimate nothingness" probably wasn't the best choice of words there- what I was trying to convey was the creation of a biotic organism from all previously abiotic matter, but with less scientific terminology so anyone watching the movie could understand what I meant. The key here is the word "inanimate," not the "nothing," because there was clearly "something" to create life.


Rated 0 / 5 stars

Creationist propaganda.

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I'm an atheist.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I found it very interesting, and the animation was effective. However, I found the voice acting for the opening and closing parts to be a bit much. It felt melodramatic, like whichever voice actor it was was trying to sound poignant but couldn't pull it off.; it almost sounded like a parody. I think it would have been considerably better to just go about it more casually, for this particular actor.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Though, we haven't quite explained the principle of consciousness yet. There is no doubt that conciousness exists, otherwise I wouldn't be looking out of my own eyes at my keyboard, now would I?
That kind of thing leads to the conclusion that if I weren't born in THIS body, I would have been born in another body. There's no such thing as 'never having been conscious', because if so, there'd be nothing. Zero. Not an endless black void, nothing. Nothing. It's... hard to explain.
The key words are 'everyone in existence has been conscious for longer than they can remember'. There isn't supposed to be a beginning to that. We're either conscious, or nothing. 'Nothing' doesn't exist, so there's only one possibility here.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

I really like the style used to convey your message, but I'm pretty sure you need to go look at probability math again... The chances of me being alive are 100%, you can't really use probabilities on something that has already happened.
Also, when I see probability theory used this way, I immediately look for a discovery institute logo.

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