In Awake 1.6, we get a penguin not a swan, and like all penguins, it's black as well as white. But this penguin is different from Popper's swan, white or black, because of the important fact that it's hallucinatory. Now, an imaginary swan of any color would do Popper's epistemology no good at all - it would say nothing about the nature of real swans in the world - but the imaginary penguin in Awake provides us with an important lesson:
If Britten can hallucinate, and pretty quickly realize that what he's seeing is an hallucination, then that suggests that what he usually sees in yellow and blue worlds is real. True, Dr. Lee shows up as an hallucination, but that's only after Britten is given ketamine in this "real" world. Which suggests to me, again, that we don't need quotes around "real" in either world.
Yes, I can see that the penguin could also be a metaphor or a symbol for the whole series, and the "fact" that one or both worlds are really dreams, but, as I've been saying (actually, writing) about this series from the beginning, that would be an obvious and too-easy resolution for what Britten is going through.
If have an interest in philosophy, and the finer intellectual things in life, you just gotta love Awake. Where else can you get a review of a television show with relevance to Karl Popper's der Logik der Forschung.
See also Awake ... Awake 1.2: "Whole" Family ... Awake 1.3: Frequency of Yellow and Blue ... Awake 1.4: The Baker and the Hooker ... Awake 1.5: Stretching a Dream
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