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Schools Teach Moon-Landing Denialism In The First Interstellar Clip

The first clip from Interstellar shows us the future Earth that Christopher Nolan has created. It's one in which the idea of space travel is so thoroughly discouraged that children are taught that we never went to the moon.

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So this is an interesting vision of the future. The federal curriculum teaches that the Apollo missions were faked in order to bankrupt the Soviet Union, and Matthew McConaughey's character, Cooper, is pretty surprised to learn that this is the "truth." Well, the kids growing up in this world are going to be in for quite a shock.

Interstellar hits North American theaters on November 5th and UK theaters on November 7th.

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Part of me says this is ridiculous, because there's verifiable evidence that humans have been on the moon. We can shoot lasers off of mirrors on the moon. There's no way there would be mirrors on the moon unless someone went there.

Then again, there's people in our world today who deny all kinds of real things, like an old earth and our evolutionary origins and our role in warming the planet and that cats are (slightly) better than dogs. So maybe people in that film's world would also be similarly self-delusional.