Back to Jurassic Park!

So there’s a new Jurassic Park movie coming out, I’ve seen the trailer–and I’m hooked! But really the hook was set in 1993 (good grief, 30 years ago!) with the first Jurassic Park–which we’re going to watch again this afternoon.
I have just blown 20 minutes trying to turn my computer back on–which is one of the lessons Michael Crichton tried to teach when he wrote Jurassic Park. All those high-tech safety and security systems aren’t worth a damn when they rely on human beings never to forget anything, never to click the wrong key, never to try something cute. God made us fallible. Did He ever make us fallible! You’d think that would breed humility. But then Jurassic Park is about hubris, not humility. Homer would’ve understood it instantly.

How wonderful would it be to see a dinosaur? I’ve been fascinated by dinosaurs since I first learned how to read. Of all God’s creations, these speak most powerfully to me. Imagine the size and strength! Try–in vain, probably–to imagine what it must have been like to be a dinosaur.

I know, I know. I’m old enough now to forget dinosaurs and just watch movies about failing relationships and sinks full of dirty dishes.

Not a chance, kimosabe! Not a chance.

9 comments on “Back to Jurassic Park!

  1. Crichton’s books tended to have a sub-theme of the limitations of technology and the limitations of humans dealing with technology. He was one of my favorite authors.

    What would it be like to be a dinosaur? The technical person in my soul has to say this, first off; there’s no way of knowing what the consciousness of a dinosaur would be. From what I am given to understand, dinosaurs were not likely to be geniuses. They had small brains and probably spent little of their time contemplating what it was like to be a dinosaur. But we do have some biblical insight into dinosaurs, according those whom believe that behemoth referred to a large dinosaur.

    15 “Behold, Behemoth,
    which I made as I made you;
    he eats grass like an ox.
    16 Behold, his strength in his loins,
    and his power in the muscles of his belly.
    17 He makes his tail stiff like a cedar;
    the sinews of his thighs are knit together.
    18 His bones are tubes of bronze,
    his limbs like bars of iron.
    19 “He is the first of the works of God;
    let him who made him bring near his sword!
    20 For the mountains yield food for him
    where all the wild beasts play.
    21 Under the lotus plants he lies,
    in the shelter of the reeds and in the marsh.
    22 For his shade the lotus trees cover him;
    the willows of the brook surround him.
    23 Behold, if the river is turbulent he is not frightened;
    he is confident though Jordan rushes against his mouth.
    24 Can one take him by his eyes,
    or pierce his nose with a snare?

    According to this, behemoth seemed to like the marshes and water. His tail, being stiff like a cedar, would seem to rule out the hippopotamus as a candidate, but I get the impression that these creatures were at least semi aquatic. I would imagine that they were very aware of their surroundings, much like the reptiles we see today, whose actions tend to seem reflexive.

    So I would imagine that a dinosaur probably saw the world as a place filled with objects that are almost too small to justify any attention, whatsoever. They would be foraging for food, and some species probably hung around in swamps or bodies of water. The taller species would have eaten leaves, from high up in the trees. My guess is that they probably pretty much went about their business and didn’t worry too much about smaller creatures, or anything else, besides sources of food, shade and perhaps water. During quiet moments, they probably spent a lot of time contemplating neo-cubist art. 🙂

    1. When we generalize about dinosaurs, we have to remember that there were thousands of species, hundreds of which are known to us today. Some of them were surely smarter than others.

    2. Undoubtedly so. The Rock Stars of the dinosaurs are the Sauropods, with massive bodies and small heads. These, probably were not the intellectuals of the dino-world.

    3. From tne words of the book of Job, one gets the impression that the behemoth didn’t have many worries. They were huge, and knew that they were all but invincible.

  2. My wife and I saw the latest Jurassic World movie on Friday – it is definitely overkill (pun intended), It has much more action than the last one, and the sci-fi aspect is beyond belief in certain aspects of the storyline. How they make the dinosaurs so real is miraculous to me – enjoy if you have loved this franchise.

    1. I accidentally deleted your hymn request, but don’t worry–I wrote it down on my list before that happened.
      It’s entirely the computer’s fault.

  3. I read Crichton’s book, “Jurassic Park” before I watched the movie when it first came out. I thought the book was much better than the film. However, the scenes throughout the movie were incredible. Where did they find a herd of dinosaurs to film? And the t Rex going through the wire, wow, great action, great suspense throughout the movie. One of my favorite lines: “Do you think they’re going to have that on the tour?”

    I’m with you, I have always been fascinated by dinosaurs, even before I could read. And after I could read, I would have mom read my favorite dinosaur books to me. Even though some of the Jurassic movies were better than others, I have liked every movie in the series.

    A few years ago, I spent 9 months (almost every day), carving a landscape, complete with a pair of sauropod dinosaurs; a mother, a baby, a nest of eggs, and a fallen tree. I used the National tree of the Philippines, Narra, a beautiful dark-brown hardwood. It turned out superbly.

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