In search of the Lacuna

The concept of the Lacuna is extensive and non specific. A word with intertwined meanings, i found these most relatable: a gap or absence, whether that be from manuscript, art, time, substance or knowledge. A piece of missing information. The unknown, a different perspective of the story. History that has been erased. A vacant space. A loophole that knows no boundaries. The questionable.

To study the phenomenon of the Lacuna, I looked at Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, which challenges the truth on scientific realism relating to the birth of humanity and our evolution through time and space.

Scientific realism, tends to focus on truth, or rather the criteria that involve truth, such as true explanation, or accurate representation. Science is a cluster of concepts, including the construction of theories and models, and that questions of success and failure are largely settled within the relevant scientific communities themselves. (Agazzi 2017). This idea openly questions the criteria and objectivity of science. What is drawn to determine the success or failure of theory, and how adequate are the judgements made towards these assertions?



(2001: A Space Odyssey – The Dawn of Man scene)

2001: A Space Odyssey
, being highly visual and nonverbal, avoids answering any of its visiting philosophical notions but rather invites the viewer to undergo a subjective experience, reverberating their inner level of consciousness. A deliberate incorporation of numerous concepts into the film makes it near impossible to interpret consciously, with that we are left with the fact that we never really do know. 2001: A Space Odyssey reiterates the mysteries of human evolution, specifically what triggers were we encountered with to advance our species to dominance, and that humanity is burdened with, unlike in other species, the yearn for knowledge. Kubrick’s film suggest that the formal narrative is only a part of the story and dramatizes that there are no final answers (Ager 2008).


Castle.R, 2004. Bright Lights Film Journal. <>, Accessed 28 March 2017

Ager.R, 2008. “Kubrick: and beyond the cinema frame”.<>, Accessed 28 March 2017

Agazzi. E, 2017. Varieties of Scientific Realism: Objectivity and Truth in Science. 1st ed. 2017 Edition. Springer.

Kubrick, S., et al. (2001). 2001, A Space Odyssey.



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