What are you certain of, but cannot prove?

January 9, 2009

Hello again!  Rachel here with some updates from The Dome‘s creative process.

The Edge Foundation is a nonprofit organization that, according to their website, seeks to “promote inquiry into and discussion of intellectual, philosophical, artistic, and literary issues, as well as to work for the intellectual and social achievement of society.”  Every year they pose a question to philosophers, artists, scientists, and others, and publish the answers.  In 2006 the question was, “What do you believe is true even though you cannot prove it?”  I came upon a selection of the answers in The Best American Nonrequired Reading: 2006 (ed. Dave Eggers), and shared some of them with the cast during our developmental meetings.  We were all intrigued by this question and the answers (which explored the nature of time, the mental and emotional development of babies, and the creation of the universe, among other things), and felt that the question captures the spirit of The Dome: the exploration of the unknowns we face, and the excitement, fascination, and fear that that exploration can bring.  As a result, we decided to use our own version of it as the promotional tagline for the show.

More to come soon, including a sneak preview of the promotional postcard!


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