The Philosophy Of Cloud Atlas

Emily Eakin connects the film to philosopher Ken Wilber, who delivered the "philosophers’ commentary" on the Matrix trilogy's DVD set. How Eakin describes Wilber's Integral Theory:

In simplified form, it says something like this: reality is composed exclusively of holons, a term borrowed from Arthur Koestler to denote that which is simultaneously an autonomous whole and a part of something larger. Just as a brain cell is both a self-contained unit and part of a larger organ, so, too, a human being exists as a single individual and as part of a larger collective—a family, an ethnic group, the human race, all living things—in a pattern that extends indefinitely in both directions. It’s holons all the way up and all the way down.

Previous Dish on the film here.