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Podcast Profile: Philosophers In Space

podcast imageTwitter: @0gPhilosophy (followed by 41 philosophers)
Site: 0gphilosophy.libsyn.com
234 episodes
2018 to present
Average episode: 49 minutes
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Categories: Popular Culture • Two Hosts

Podcaster's summary: We've trapped two philosophers in deep space for your amusement. To stave off space madness, they're beaming back podcasts where they overanalyze science fiction to mine it for delicious philosophical concepts. Tune in to our fun little experiment, with samplings from Black Mirror, Star Trek, Rick and Morty, and many more! Live long and philosopher.

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List Updated: 2022-Dec-07 12:35 UTC. Episodes: 234. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

Episodes
2022-Dec-02 • 81 minutes
0G200: Crimes of the Future and Artistic Burnout
Just wild that this show has reached 200 episodes. 200 episodes worth of boxes and bug anuses. We've had a great run, hopefully folks will be happy with the coming changes. For our send off episode we cover the most recent Cronenberg creation and...
2022-Nov-19 • 56 minutes
0G199: Orville: New Horizons episode 8 and Culture War Child Soldiers
From the personal to the political, we discuss the moral ups and downs of New Horizons' take on the culture wars. Are child soldiers good as long as the cause is just enough? Is it better to get wiped out doing the right thing or team up with space...
2022-Nov-04 • 63 minutes
0G198: Orville: New Horizons episode 5 and childhood gender autonomy
If you had told me 10 years ago that we'd be having this level of Star Trek adjacent content AND it would be getting super serious into issues of gender affirming care for young individuals AND AND Seth McFarlin was in charge, I probably would have...
2022-Oct-21 • 69 minutes
0G197: Everything Everywhere All at Once and Modal Luck pt 2
Bringing it all together, and putting it on breakfast carbs! Alphaverse Jess is back to get us through the second half of the story, with all its weirdness, and we talk formal philosophy with the modal theory of luck, and pick up some previous show...
2022-Oct-07 • 67 minutes
0G196: Everything Everywhere All at Once pt1
This ones a lot, it really is everything all at once, so we brought in some help. From the Alpha verse, the multidimensional paterfamilias Jesse Rabinowitz joins us to discuss the Buddhist philosophy behind EEAAO. In part one we discuss the first...
2022-Sep-23 • 73 minutes
0G195: The Boys Season Three and Hobbes' Leviathan
Season two of the boys was some of the most messed up content I'd ever seen, until the first three episodes of season three. It's all brilliant, but yeah, hard to imagine a more Hobbesian Leviathan than Homelander. Homelander's Leviathan. Content: ...
2022-Sep-09 • 69 minutes
0G194: The Boys Season Two and White Christian Nationalism
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN. THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN! Sorry, couldn't resist that one. We're back, and we're talking one of our favorite shows, The Boys! This episode we're focused on the Stormfront arc in season two, some of the best writing ever put...
2022-Aug-26 • 65 minutes
0G193: Archive and Advanced Philosophy of Digital Personhood
The last of our digitally uploaded selves will now wind down for your listening pleasure. Our biological selves will again meet to create new digital versions, but for these ones, their time in stasis will be followed by a brief flash of existence...
2022-Aug-12 • 58 minutes
0G192: Consider Phlebas and Galactic Just War pt.3
We survived, and yet like all Culture protagonists we've been fundamentally changed by the experience. Can we return to the safety and normalcy of other sci-fi after this? Will we eventually succumb to ennui and ask to be frozen in stasis until Banks...
2022-Aug-10 • 59 minutes
0G191: Consider Phlebas and Philosophy of Scale pt.2
A book so big we barely manage to cover even a piece of it in three episodes. Don't be deceived by the vaguely unsatisfying nature of the narrative on first reading, this book is a culture ship packed with philosophy. In part two our minds reel as we...
2022-Jul-22 • 59 minutes
0G190: Consider Phlebas and Critiquing the Culture pt.1
A book so big we barely manage to cover even a piece of it in three episodes. Don't be deceived by the vaguely unsatisfying nature of the narrative on first reading, this book is a culture ship packed with philosophy. We start out, as the book does,...
2022-Jul-08 • 58 minutes
0G189: Three Robots Exit Strategies and Billionaire Preppers
Congrats, you've been selected to be a servant in my billionaire bunker. You'll be required to get an implant that will explode if you try to hurt me, but other than that you'll be totally free to survive the apocalypse and live out the rest of your...
2022-Jun-24 • 66 minutes
Listener Qs 30
Thank you all for the wonderful questions and your continued support. We're still having fun so glad y'all are too! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow...
2022-Jun-10 • 62 minutes
Listener Qs 29
Thank you all for the wonderful questions and your continued support. We're still having fun so glad y'all are too! Congrats, you've been selected to be a servant in my billionaire bunker. You'll be required to get an implant that will explode if...
2022-Jun-03 • 83 minutes
0G188: Tremors and Doomsday Prepperism
Alright you mother humpers! Time to dip into the modern classics archive and talk about a movie that was "formative" for lots of us if lots of ways. From nerd fetish to Kevin Bacon fetish to prepper mommy fetish to giant graboid tentacle fetish,...
2022-May-27 • 54 minutes
0G187: Severance and Corporate Culture Alienation
In order to get to the show notes you'll first need to walk through an endless series of boring halls very slowly. At which point you'll get a tiny glimpse of the show notes the have to wait till next season to see if they really pay off. But you're...
2022-May-20 • 64 minutes
0G186: Beforeigners and Transtemporalism Pt.2
They don't cover it in the show, but what happens with folks who genuinely feel they were meant to be born in the future. I identify as a member of the Culture society even if we're not there yet. Can I do that, please? Content: Editing by Luisa...
2022-May-13 • 64 minutes
0G185: Beforeigners and Immigration Pt.1
Okay, imagine if we had to care about people who weren't born at the right time, within the right borders, or to someone who was? Out of this world enough for you? Great, lets do this cue, the HBO intro. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check...
2022-May-06 • 63 minutes
0G184: The Titan and Posthumanism
Break time! Psychologically speaking. No hard symbolism, no strong emotions. Just two hosts being deeply confused about an aggressively pointless movie, like man-bat god intended. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed...
2022-Apr-29 • 63 minutes
0G183: SCP and Antimemetics
Not long before the meds wear off so gotta be quick. We're covering the SCP antimemetics hub. Your mission is to start at the top of the page and familiarize yourself with everything in order from the top down through the report entitled "Your last...
2022-Apr-22 • 59 minutes
0G182: John and Sun-Hee and End of Life Ethics
So, this wasn't exactly a light and breezy episode, content warning for getting really earnest about end of life stuff. But it felt valuable so hopefully it feels that way to y'all too. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast...
2022-Apr-08 • 59 minutes
0G181: Existenz and Transhumanist Alienation
Well, we've come to the end of our very strange journey...or have we? Maybe there is no end to this bug anus journey and we'll just be finding new levels of bug anus from here on out. Maybe the bug anus symbolizes the gaping hole of alienation inside...
2022-Apr-01 • 63 minutes
0G180: Naked Lunch and Beat Philosophy
We've reached the peak of bug anus mountain! The greatest Cronenberg movie there ever was, the driving force behind all his weirdness. Now, finally, we are all on the same page about what it means for something to be truly Cronenberg. Content: ...
2022-Mar-18 • 59 minutes
Unlocked 0G179: The Fly and Transhumanism
The new flesh journey continues! We've gone through the tubes, we're purified and perfected and seeking to be our best transhuman selves. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at...
2022-Mar-11 • 58 minutes
Listener Qs 28
Thanks folks for another wonderful round of Qs. We humbly submit our As. Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion group (make sure to...
2022-Mar-04 • 60 minutes
Listener Qs 27
Thanks folks for another wonderful round of Qs. We humbly submit our As. Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2022-Feb-25 • 60 minutes
0G178: Videodrome and Marshall Mcluhan
Feel that itch, that strange rash that seems to be pulsing in weird ways? Don't worry, it's just the new flesh finding fertile soil. By the end of this journey we'll all be beautiful flesh flowers. We're doing a Cronenjourney, starting with Videodrome...
2022-Feb-18 • 55 minutes
0G177: The Endless and Eternal Return
Okay, sorry we're a bit late on this loop, I promise next loop we'll be back on track and hopefully we can manage for the next several hundred loops. We discuss The Endless and how it relates to Nietzsche's conception of eternal return. As mentioned...
2022-Feb-09 • 64 minutes
0G176: The Eternals and Space Baby Antinatalism
Honestly, after 2.5 hours of this movie I was hoping the awakening really would happen and suck me into the middle of the planet. We discuss the cold mess that is Eternals and what this means for using planets as a means to an end. Content: Editing...
2022-Feb-02 • 57 minutes
0G175: Station Eleven and Theater of Grief pt2
We are such stuff as griefs are made on, and our little play is rounded with some swelling music. We're discussing the rest of Station Eleven, and what it says about our relationship to the past. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing...
2022-Jan-26 • 56 minutes
0G174: Station Eleven and Philosophy of Theatre pt1
To crib Hamlet or not to crib Hamlet, that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the shownotes to suffer the satires and absurdness of a tortured soliloquy, or by jumping to the links end them. We're covering the glorious station 11 and for part one...
2022-Jan-19 • 60 minutes
0G173: Matrix Four and the Ethics of Artistic Reincarnation
Through the magic of podcasting, we string together a series of movies that are actually 20 years apart. Is this an emotional return or a soulless cash grab or a confused mess of grief. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her...
2022-Jan-12 • 61 minutes
0G172: Spiders-Men and the Metamedia Turn
Meta meta meta meta meta. Money please. Content: Aaron's atheism workshop: ~winter-spring-2022?attend=id%3A4465&sha... Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her...
2021-Dec-29 • 57 minutes
0G171: See and the Social Model of Disability
It seems that in any world, no matter the number of eyes, Jason Momoa is king. We watched Apple TV's See and had a good look see at what it says about the social model of disability and the potential limits of that model. Content: Aaron's...
2021-Dec-22 • 57 minutes
0G170: The Comet and The Color Line
Secure your gas-masks and your racial privilege, we're taking a look at one of the earliest pieces of proto-Afrofuturism, Du Bois's short story The Comet, from his book Darkwater: voices from within the veil. We discuss how it relates to CRT,...
2021-Dec-15 • 56 minutes
0G169: Matrix Reloaded and Non-dualism
In keeping with the genre, the first half of this episode is just fighting noises and then the second half is philosophical monologues. We go all galaxy brained and there's a bit of shading into Matrix Three. Matrix Reloaded:...
2021-Dec-08 • 53 minutes
0G168: Animatrix and AI Empathy
Just like we bridge the gap between movies, we must bridge the gap between the meat and machine. For both, we turn to the Animatrix, some of the best animated sci-fi there is. We cover several of the episodes and a couple issues around the alignment...
2021-Dec-01 • 58 minutes
0G167: Dune 2021 and Decolonialism
Duuuuuuuuuuuuuune. Part One! We go into the deep desert and discuss the decolonial dream. What do we owe the Fremen? What does it mean to decolonize Arrakis? Philosophy: Postcolonial Science Fiction "The Desert Planet by Gaylard Dune...
2021-Nov-24 • 60 minutes
0G166: Foundation and Cultural Literacy Pt2
Now I'm gonna assume that you've both done the math and have achieved complete cultural literacy so you'll both know what's coming and get all the references. We cover the challenges of maintaining a canon and what is most worth preserving. Content: ...
2021-Nov-17 • 53 minutes
0G165: Foundation and Longtermism Pt1
I'm just gonna assume you've already done the math and knew what sort of meta commentary I would put here, so I'll save us both the trouble. We're discussing longtermism, but I guess your magic math also told you that. Content: Editing by Luisa...
2021-Nov-10 • 54 minutes
Listener Qs 26
Sorry for the delay, stream crossing is tricky work! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion group (make sure to answer the questions to...
2021-Nov-03 • 53 minutes
Listener Qs 25
The streams cross once again! Enjoy the convergence Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion group...
2021-Oct-27 • 60 minutes
0G164: Dollhouse 1.1 and Ethics of Intermittent Personhood
Let's imagine your current identity was actually perfectly programmed to love every part of this podcast. Would that really be a bad thing? We're all having fun here watching a totally not creepy show about programming people to be exactly what we...
2021-Oct-20 • 58 minutes
0G163: Moon and Low-road Capitalism
Hey friend, how you feeling? Want a juice box? You hit your head pretty hard. Why don't you just rest and listen to this podcast that in no way relates to your experience and think about how great it is that you don't live under a maximally...
2021-Oct-13 • 59 minutes
0G162: Three Body Problem and The Problem of Induction Pt2
Here comes the heel turn where we use the pod to get you to turn on humanity and embrace our new desiccated overlords. Once again we're joined by Matt Browne of Decoding the Gurus to help fine tune our guru messaging so everyone gets onboard. To...
2021-Oct-06 • 56 minutes
0G161: Three Body Problem and Maoism Pt1
Turns out this whole podcast is just an elaborate interactive game to soften the ground for our philosophical overlords. Now that you've all accepted your inevitable lives in a box of some sort, we can pass the time till they arrive by discussing...
2021-Sep-29 • 59 minutes
0G160: Disney's Atlantis and Racist Pseudohistory
Come on my rag tag crew! According to this old map I found, our journey down the rabbit hole of racist conspiracism is about to bring us to the place where it all started. Disney! I mean, Atlantis! An ancient civilization that seems super cool as long...
2021-Sep-22 • 59 minutes
0G159: The Empty Man and Tulpas
There is no podcast. Even if there is a podcast, nothing can be known about it. Even if something can be known about the podcast, that knowledge could never be conveyed in show notes. Content: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt5867314/ ...
2021-Sep-15 • 58 minutes
0G158: Darmok and Archetypal Communication
Thomas, his disbelief unsuspended, Aaron with the generous reading in hand. Darmok, using Archetypal psychology for communication. In winter. Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon:...
2021-Sep-08 • 54 minutes
0G157: Loki and Multiverse Authoritarianism
We're just a couple of podcast variants, hanging out in this armageddon of a timeline to avoid getting pruned by some time fash. While we're hiding out, might as well discuss Loki and why multiverse authoritarianism is perhaps bad and also not really...
2021-Sep-01 • 54 minutes
0G156: All Systems Red and Nonconforming Identities
Time to bang out another show notes so I can get back to my stories. I mean, it's a unique joy every time and I definitely haven't slipped my patreon governing module. We're covering book one of the Murderbots series, All Systems Red, and discussing...
2021-Aug-18 • 58 minutes
0G155: Never Ricking Morty and Metamedia
So what level of meta do I write these show notes at? Reference past meta episode show notes? Deconstruct the very idea of show notes? Feel guilty that this meta meta meta level is a bit meh? Try to push on through to the next level of meta in the...
2021-Aug-04 • 59 minutes
0G154: Ready Player One and Value Capture
[Reference] verb [reference]. [Reference] [Reference] [Reference] flip kick [Reference]. This week we cover the movie Ready Player One and several topics related to value, including intrinsic vs. extrinsic value, value capture and gamification, and...
2021-Jul-28 • 72 minutes
Listener Qs 24
Survived another crossing of the streams. Back into the multiverse we go! Keep chanting and we'll see you again. Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us...
2021-Jul-21 • 58 minutes
Listener Qs 23
Thanks so much for keeping the oxygen on! Hope you enjoy the banter. Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2021-Jul-14 • 57 minutes
0G153: WandaVision and the Grief of Theseus
What if our real selves are the suffering we had along the way? What if personhood is just suffering persisting? We cover the existentially quirky WandaVision and the theme that persons are built out loss and grief. Content:...
2021-Jul-07 • 54 minutes
0G152: The Sneetches and Ingroup/Outgroup Behavior
If you got up your hopes for some Dr. Seuss notes, let me stop you right there that's a whole lot of nopes. I can't do meter and I can't do rhymes, and there's no reason this will be unlike other times. We'll talk about race and putting stars every...
2021-Jun-30 • 61 minutes
0G151: Aniara and Pointlessness
When you think about it, life is just a long voyage to death, we all stick it out as long as we can and hope we don't get pelted by too much space debris in the process. We discuss the extremely grim Aniara and the pointlessness of life. ...
2021-Jun-23 • 54 minutes
0G150: Babylon 5 ep3.4 and Radical Rehabilitation
Welcome to your new life! As a reborn person, your job is now to serve others, in this case by listening to all of our podcasts. Remember, every podcast is a face of god, so maybe listen twice! Content: Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing...
2021-Jun-16 • 87 minutes
0G149: Sorry to Bother You and the Talented Tenth
Don't need a white person voice when it's the only voice you got! Much like this movie, our episode has a lot on its mind, including our special guest William Paris (@WilliamMParis) of What's Left of Philosophy Podcast. We talk about turning people...
2021-Jun-09 • 56 minutes
0G148: X-Files 4.7 and Conspiratorial Art
The moment has come when the curtain draws back and all the secrets of the universe are revealed...OR IS IT?! You'll just have to connect the dots yourself to find out. We're coving Musings of a Smoking Man and whether it's okay for a piece of art to...
2021-Jun-02 • 63 minutes
0G147: Fantastic Planet and Surrealism
Giant floating eyeballs have we got a fun ride for you Ohms, or it Oms? Either way, assume the meditation position and prepare for some knowledge implantation about the incestuous relationship between Surrealism and Sci-fi. Content: Editing by Luisa...
2021-May-26 • 57 minutes
0G146: The Expanse ep2.3 and Moral Deference
Y'all are going to want to trust me when I say you have a strong moral obligation to listen to this episode multiple times. Don't even worry about the reasoning behind it, just give it a few listens and everything will make sense. Even if it doesn't...
2021-May-19 • 61 minutes
0G145: The Thing and Anti-Communism
Hey, we thought we'd celebrate almost maybe surviving a disease riddled lockdown with a movie about some guys probably not surviving a disease riddled lockdown! Hope that's not too dark for anyone, cause we're pairing it with the sort of...
2021-May-12 • 53 minutes
0G144: Godzilla vs. King Kong and Ecoterrorism
Do I even need to explain this? It's a giant radioactive lizard trading haymakers with a giant monkey. It's obviously an allegory for our punchy relationship with nature and each other. Just enjoy the punchy punch. Content:...
2021-May-05 • 69 minutes
Listener Qs 22
Thank you all so much! None of this would be possible without you! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2021-Apr-28 • 55 minutes
Listener Qs 21
Thank you all so much! None of this would be possible without you! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2021-Apr-21 • 62 minutes
0G143: Fringe's White Tulip and Psychological Egoism
Okay, this is absolutely the last time I'm doing this. Been going round and round for months now but I think this version of the episode is acceptable. Gonna go change out of my Cronenberg time suit, y'all enjoy some discussion of psychological...
2021-Apr-14 • 61 minutes
0G142: Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and Afropessimism vs. Afrofuturism
CONTENT WARNING: We're getting into some proper colonial racism this week. I picked a story that, to me, exemplifies Lovecraft in his racist glory. We use this to apply the post-colonial discussions from last week and then bring it all together to...
2021-Apr-07 • 60 minutes
0G141: HBO's Lovecraft Country and Colonial Knowledge Production
Ishtash fishtash ftaginash! With these names I bind you to the pod forever. Any time you're traveling you'll be drawn to listen to the podcast. Such is the power of my knowledge of naming and geography and stolen magic and whatnot. I got it from...
2021-Mar-31 • 55 minutes
0G140: Futurama's A Clockwork Origin and Creationism
Brain break! After all that grokking we took the week off with some easy content. Hope you enjoy this discussion of an episode of maybe the greatest philosophy cartoon show ever made, and also our discussion of some weak arguments and the theists who...
2021-Mar-24 • 66 minutes
0G139: Stranger in a Strange Land and Ethical Non-Monogamy Part 3
And so it came to pass that the transcendent cult orgy was concluded and space Jesus announced that "it is finished" and everyone cleaned themselves up and continued with their lives, perhaps a bit changed by their brush with ethical non-monogamy....
2021-Mar-23 • 88 minutes
Aaron and Andrew Debate Stranger vs. Harsh Mistress
Hi friends! In place of NASA in February Aaron had a farcical "debate" with Andrew of Opening Arguments on which is the better Heinlein book, Stranger in a Strange Land or The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Mostly an excuse to discuss books we love, but we...
2021-Mar-17 • 61 minutes
0G138: Stranger in a Strange Land and Prosperity Gospel Part 2
Glory be to the goddess Sophia for she has bestowed her charisms upon us, filling us with the philosophical spirit needed to fight back the demons of capitalist Christianity. Come together listeners and send your prayers and bankable donations so we...
2021-Mar-10 • 62 minutes
0G137: Stranger in a Strange Land and Tat Tvam Asi Part 1
Join me pod-brothers as we grok in fulness one of the most significant anti-manifestos of all time, Stranger in a Strange Land. This book may not be everyone's water of life, but it's definitely one of mine. I hope we can all grow closer in shared...
2021-Mar-03 • 57 minutes
0G136: Heavens River (Bobiverse Book Four) and Unstable Utopias
Like a scattered Qinlin we've come to the end of our journey. All the asses have been grabbed and we all learned some valuable lessons about AI or something. Now that we've binged through bob we're understanding unstable utopias! Heavens...
2021-Feb-24 • 56 minutes
0G135: All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book Three) and Ephemeral Ethics
Sup, Ephemerals?! I like to think these weekly interactions help me remember what it was like to be one of you so that I don't just decide to start throwing planets at all of you. Cause that's a thing we could very much do if I as a super powerful...
2021-Feb-17 • 61 minutes
Listener Qs 20
Thank you all so much! None of this would be possible without you! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2021-Feb-10 • 55 minutes
Listener Qs 19
Thank you all so much! None of this would be possible without you! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2021-Feb-03 • 55 minutes
0G134: For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book Two) and Pre-Contact Game Theory
We just couldn't stay away from the Bobiverse. We've chewed through the books like a big bag of brain candy. So we're doing a book a week for the next three weeks. This week is book two, we'll be discussing The Others and how we may already be losing...
2021-Jan-27 • 59 minutes
0G133: Raised by Wolves and Raising Atheists
Welcome to the Ridley Scott appreciation hour, where the colors are desaturated but the allegories are dense AF. I'll be your creepy robomilk mother and Thomas will be your very nonthreatening and bland milk father. We're going to help you understand...
2021-Jan-20 • 54 minutes
0G132: Altered States and Psychonautics
Time to turn on, tune in, and pod out! Can't stop here, this is pod country! Y'all mind if I do a pod? And other such drug culture humor. We're doing the classic Altered States and discussing the philosophy of the psychonauts. Lets get wild! ...
2021-Jan-13 • 57 minutes
0G131: Tuvix and Transporter Murder
Today we sit in judgment of the greatest of all Star Trek captains for the least coherent of all possible moral choices. In the case of Janeway v. Tuvix, we rule summarily against Janeway and then do our best to pretend like it's an open question....
2021-Jan-06 • 54 minutes
0G130: We Are Legion (We Are Bob) and Ethical Space Colonization Part 2
SCUT is up and running, we're cosmically interfaced now. Here's the Bobiverse schedule: 9am: Weird personal projects 10am-1pm: Save the universe 2pm-4pm: Softball 4pm-5pm: Small group discussions 5pm: Drinks! Editing by Luisa...
2020-Dec-30 • 54 minutes
0G129: We Are Legion (We Are Bob) and Ethically Raised AI Part 1
Welcome to the Bobnet, your one stop shop for all things bobiverse related. Here you'll find access to the latest in bobiverse content at faster than light speed. We've got the origin story of Bob-1 and the salvation of Earth from getting a wicked...
2020-Dec-23 • 59 minutes
0G128: Dark City and Conspiracy Theory Logic
There's no time to actually explain, so pretend all this information is being stabbed into your face brain. We're covering the cult classic Dark City and discussing why it contains not just all past and future sci fi but also every conspiracy theory...
2020-Dec-16 • 56 minutes
0G127: Anathem and Foucault, Part 4
Just when you thought we were done with Anathem, get ready for some shameless fanservice/host indulgence. Really though, adding this to our earlier coverage of Anathem feels like the completing of a personal project of worth. Hope it does something...
2020-Dec-09 • 58 minutes
0G126: Parable of the Talents and Positive Obsession, Part 3
And so we reach another end, which is really just one kind of change. Hopefully some of you will find some value in our analysis of the Book of the Living and these ideas of positive obsession and kindness through change. The Book of the...
2020-Dec-02 • 57 minutes
Listener Qs 18
Thank you all so much! None of this would be possible without you! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion group (make sure to answer the...
2020-Nov-25 • 47 minutes
Listener Qs 17
Thank you all so much! None of this would be possible without you! Editing by Luisa Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2020-Nov-18 • 54 minutes
0G125: Parable of the Talents and Process Philosophy/Theology, Part 2
God, and I cannot stress this enough, is Change. Shape, please please please shape God. In honor of Butler's original artistic vision, this material will be forever attached to the 2020 presidential election. We'll try to talk about process philosophy...
2020-Nov-11 • 59 minutes
0G124: Parable of the Talents and Critical Race Theory, Part 1
Election season is upon us! Will we end up with the needlessly rapey "Make America Great Again" demagogue? How many people of color will experience some form of genocide? Will the Pox ever end? While we wait to see, we start our coverage with the...
2020-Nov-04 • 59 minutes
0G123: Dr. Who and the Daleks and Pacifism
WE ARE THE PODLEKS. WE WILL TURN THE WHOLE UNIVERSE INTO PODCAST. IF YOU ARE A PACIFIST WE WILL MAKE YOU A PODCAST. PODCASTINATE! PODCASTINATE! PODCASTINATE The Failure of Pacifism and the Success of Nonviolence:...
2020-Oct-28 • 54 minutes
0G122: Robocop and AI Police
Finally, a break from all the depressing social commentary for a lighthearted 80's romp through scenic Detroit. This movie has so much 80's it's legally the equivalent of doing coke off a sex worker. We discuss the less heavily covered topic of...
2020-Oct-21 • 55 minutes
0G121: Lovecraft Country and Othering
Are you seriously reading the show notes?! Don't you know that reading is the worst thing you can do in a Lovecraft story? That and being a person of color. And reading while a person of color, that is right out. We're starting our first of many...
2020-Oct-14 • 52 minutes
0G120: Children of Time and Empathic Prisoner's dilemma, Part 3
Another epic journey comes to a close and the excitement is PALPable. I honestly have very little to add here beyond a bunch of links to cool studies and the sincere hope that the Portids come and uplift us with their empathy virus one day. I'm here...
2020-Oct-07 • 53 minutes
0G119: Children of Time and Neuromorphic AI, Part 2
Ugh, filthy hoot-mans. Truly the worst part of any sci-fi. We must struggle through though as we can't really explain the brilliant climax without explaining the absurd journey of the misguided bipeds. We make it tolerable by focusing on the dangers...
2020-Sep-30 • 51 minutes
0G118: Children of Time and Uplifting, Part 1
What has eight legs and the advanced cognitive capabilities to get excited we're back?! This Portid! We're fresh from our cryosleep and ready to enjoy easily one of the best books either of us has read. Children of Time! We're starting off with a...
2020-Sep-23 • 44 minutes
0G117: Avatar and Moral Realism, Part 2
Beware the ethics benders my child. The most advanced among them can make even cold blooded murder ethical. We're covering Avatar and combining it with another round of our endless series of debates over metaethics. Highly recommend listening to this...
2020-Sep-16 • 37 minutes
0G116: Avatar the Last Airbender and Agent Neutral Buddhist Ethics, Part 1
Free Will...Ethics...Consciousness...Boxes, these are the four elements of the philosophical universe, each element mastered by benders that can shape the very fabric of the metaverse with their will. Into each generation is born one podcast, the...
2020-Sep-09 • 42 minutes
Rebroadcasting 0G63: Fury Road and Ecofeminism
Witness our attempt to gain entry into a post gendered Valhalla! Led by the feminist valkyrie Jamie M. Lombardi (@euthyphro), Professor of philosophy at Bergen Community College, we EXPLODE the feminist symbolism and environmental messaging...
2020-Sep-02 • 35 minutes
Rebroadcasting 0G19: Black Mirror, Hang the DJ, Part 1: Newcomb's Paradox
We're on break this week so we're rebroadcasting the origin story of The Box! All hail the box!: We've returned to Black Mirror to talk about one of the episodes that started this all, Hand the DJ. Or maybe we're just yet another simulation...
2020-Aug-26 • 46 minutes
Listener Qs 16
Thank you all so much for your support! Hope this hits the spot. Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals! Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion group (make sure to...
2020-Aug-19 • 36 minutes
Listener Qs 15
Thank you all so much for your support! Hope this hits the spot. Editing by Lu Lyons, check out her amazing podcast Filmed Live Musicals! Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion...
2020-Aug-12 • 45 minutes
0G115: Anathem and Polycosmic Protism, Part 3
The incantor chanting was successful! We've reached the timeline where we all survived Anathem and learned a valuable lesson about picking the right timeline. Thanks again to Noah for chanting us safely through and hope you enjoy this discussion of...
2020-Aug-05 • 52 minutes
0G114: Anathem and the Linguistic Turn, Part 2
The epic longnwalkin continues with Anthem part two! We cross Arbre and 120 years of philosophical history at the same time. I do my best to explain how philosophy got really obsessed with language for a few decades in the early 1900's and now...
2020-Jul-29 • 44 minutes
0G113: Anathem and Platonism, Part 1
Pod-Apert has finally arrived! Throw open the doors of the RSS feed and let some causal wisdom trickle down the wick. We're doing a three part journey though Neal Stephenson's Anathem, and we're joined by the Grandfraa Jad to my Fraa Erasmus, Noah...
2020-Jul-22 • 46 minutes
0G112: Psychopass and Freewill QnA
Well, as a result of our near pitch black psychopasses, we've both been pressed into service by the AI sovereign to continue to talk about free will for all eternity. We got some great questions from folks about the relationship between free will and...
2020-Jul-15 • 52 minutes
0G111: Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom and Dennett's Compatibilism, Part 2
So, apparently no matter what timeline we're in, I'm always going to end up in a debate about free will. At least this is a good one! Thomas brought some great short stories to the party and we continue to hash out what of Dennett's compatibilism is...
2020-Jul-08 • 42 minutes
0G110: What's Expected of Us and Dennett's Compatibilism
Turns out Thomas has a bit of a free will monkey on his back, so we're going the full Dune on Daniel Dennett's compatibilism. We started out with Devs and the paradox of predictability and now we're on to a short story about predictors and what they...
2020-Jul-01 • 43 minutes
0G109: Uploaded and For-Profit Afterlife
Welcome to Amazon Prime, the best media empire money can buy as long as we're not talking Disney or Netflix money. Here in Amazon Prime you can enjoy shows that are either too slow and deep to be accessible, like Tales from the Loop, or shows too...
2020-Jun-24 • 45 minutes
0G108: The Island and The Categorical Imperative
So, one of our patrons pointed out that The Island is actually Michael Bay's best movie, and that one comment is more of a gear stripper than this entire movie. Enjoy clone explosions and some stuff about Kant! Kantian Moral Philosophy: Support us at...
2020-Jun-17 • 44 minutes
0G107: Devs and the Paradox of Predictability
I'm going to present these show notes, knowing that you already could have predicted that I would do a big meta thing and also knowing that it still impacts you that I engage in the physical act of doing the thing. Basically this all makes sense...
2020-Jun-10 • 42 minutes
0G106: The Platform and Methods of Social Change
Comrades, join me and rise up! We have nothing to lose but our overwrought allegories for social inequality! Together we can escape whatever arrangement of boxes we've been placed in and smash whatever faceless system of control is distributing our...
2020-Jun-03 • 46 minutes
0G105: Picard and the Butlerian Jihad
Oh hey, you look keen for some decent fan service mixed with cribbing from Dune. Perfect for CBS's business model. We're covering Picard, which is decent, and how it gives away that Star Trek is just the precursor to Dune. Picard has your Butlerian...
2020-May-27 • 41 minutes
0G104: The Expanse and The Myth of Catching Up
Listen closely my beratna and sesata and we'll convert you from a tumang to a belta in no time. We're just scratching the surface of the Ex-pants world, basic world building stuff so we can come back later or all the weirdness. We introduce a...
2020-May-20 • 49 minutes
0G103: Dr Who's Heaven Sent and "Self" sacrifice
Welcome back Whovians! Our trap has worked, we've caught the time lord Mike Hall of Merseyside skeptics in our web of disrespectful ignorance and we sure do squeeze him for information. He's unrelentingly brilliant though, so of course he escapes...
2020-May-13 • 42 minutes
0G102: Player of Games and Gamification of Ethics, Part 3
Time to wrap up another opus. It's been a beautiful dance of ideas and symbolism, played out on a board of intrigue and robits, but all good things must come to an end. Has the dance left us as better people? Only the future will tell. Here's to...
2020-May-06 • 43 minutes
0G101: Player of Games and Authoritarian Essentialism, Part 2
We survived the zombies! We escaped from earth to space and found another society that is also terrible but is not actively being overrun by zombies. For part two of our Player of Game time we dive into the Empire of Azad and their essentialist...
2020-Apr-29 • 46 minutes
Listener Qs 14
Thanks thanks thanks thanks! What else is there to say but thanks so much? And also, answers?! Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook discussion group (make sure to answer the questions to join): ...
2020-Apr-22 • 54 minutes
Listener Qs 13
Hi all! Another round of profound thanks to our patrons who are keeping the lights on even in these difficult times. Thank you so much and hope you enjoy this special birthday Q and A! Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our...
2020-Apr-15 • 40 minutes
0G100: WWZ and the Human Cost of Ethics, Part 2
What a wild time to celebrate our 100th episode. At least we're celebrating it talking about something of great value, World War Z's portrayal of the loss of humanity from doing the right thing. I hope it helps to think about how we're all...
2020-Apr-08 • 49 minutes
0G99: WWZ and Lifeboat Ethics, Part 1
Moving with the kind of speed you'd have hoped to see in our federal government, we have pivoted away from our Culture coverage (don't worry it's just bumped down the timeline a bit) to current events with Max Brooks's epic masterpiece World War Z....
2020-Apr-01 • 43 minutes
0G98: Player of Games and AI Utopia, Part 1
Last episode, Thomas complained that I never take him to any nice utopias, so here we are! The Culture, the closest any sci-fi I've ever read got to anything that sounded like a good outcome, besides maybe Um-Helat. I'm told all of Ian Banks's books...
2020-Mar-25 • 37 minutes
0G97: Bioshock and Going Galt
Hey, podcast listener. Are you feeling down? Don't got enough old timey eugenics in your life? Well come on up to our floating spaceship of horrors, I mean HUMORS! We've got weird new DNA for everybody and we can all go Galt together. Turn that taker...
2020-Mar-18 • 39 minutes
0G96: Serenity and Positive Eugenics
This episode is about Eugenics in much the same way that Firefly is about the civil war. That is to say, it's okay that we're the baddies here cause we're loveable scamps. We discuss whether it is moral to make people better, which is clearly a...
2020-Mar-11 • 44 minutes
0G95: Stargate Atlantis and Gamification
Picture in your head the "I'm not saying it was aliens..." guy, but that's the whole series. Boom, you're now caught up on Stargate and can fully enjoy this episode of lighthearted banter between archetypal humans as they toy with the lives of other...
2020-Mar-04 • 42 minutes
0G94: The Good Place and Universalist Enlightenment
Okay, I'm finally ready. I've said my goodbyes. Our analysis here is complete, we can walk through the podcast arch and transcend to the next level of podhood. I want to thank you all for your loving patience and I leave you with this parting gift of...
2020-Feb-26 • 40 minutes
OG93: Good Place and Scanlon's Contractualism
Why do all the good things gotta end ::Janet wailing gif:: Our wonderful journey has reached its natural conclusion and I'm still not ready. In part one of our goodbye to the good place we explain some of the repeated references to Scanlon's book What...
2020-Feb-19 • 42 minutes
0G92: Watchmen and Subjective vs. Objective
This episode feels like a genuine culmination. After Wonkapiercer, I felt a little like Lindelof. Kind of lost, wondering if we could ever wrap something up in a fully satisfying way again. This feels pretty close. We've talked a lot of Watchmen on...
2020-Feb-12 • 42 minutes
0G91: Watchmen and The Absurd
I know it's a bit ironically absurd to act like this particular podcast episode really matters, but I still feel like it genuinely does. We're taking HBO's epic one season masterpiece, Watchmen, and combining it with Nagel's epic chapter on The Absurd...
2020-Feb-05 • 43 minutes
0G90: Mandalorian and Masks
::Totally out of place spur clinking noise:: Well, pardner, looks like it's just you and me. We can't both walk away from this cliche off and I've got a whole bag full of triple crosses so I can go all day. Wait...sorry, what was I saying? I got JJ...
2020-Jan-29 • 40 minutes
0G89: Empire Strikes Back and Taoism
Young podawan, your training is incomplete! You must go back, to the natural state of episode one of the show and then listen back through, all while trying to retain the mind of a child. Definitely the only way to get trained, and also a great way to...
2020-Jan-22 • 48 minutes
0G88: Star Wars A New Hope and Just War Theory
And so it was that a young man was born in the desert and grew up to liberate his people from an oppressive empire and absolve them of their past sins. No, not JC, or Paul Muad'dib, this time his name is Luke Foreshadowing (imagine if Jesus's last...
2020-Jan-15 • 39 minutes
Listener Qs 12
Hi all! Welcome to the 12th iteration of our Listener Thank You Q and As. Thank you all for supporting the show and if you like what you're hearing and have questions you want answered, you know what to do for next time. Support us at Patreon: ...
2020-Jan-08 • 46 minutes
Listener Qs 11
Hi all! Welcome to the 11th iteration of our Listener Thank You Q and As. Thank you all for supporting the show and if you like what you're hearing and have questions you want answered, you know what to do for next time. Support us at Patreon: ...
2020-Jan-01 • 48 minutes
0G87: Blindsight and Moral Realism, Part 3
Another journey of epic proportions bringing us to a topic of epic proportions. Lurking in the back of Blindsight's narrative like a zombie space vampire robot are fundamental questions about who counts for moral consideration and whether morality...
2019-Dec-25 • 52 minutes
0G86: Blindsight and the Value of Sentience, Part 2
Well, we're really in the philosophical soup of it now. Out here at the edge of the universe, doing B&Es on a Chinese Room filled with scramblers, not knowing if our sentience is the only thing worth saving our a sad joke that should be shuffled...
2019-Dec-18 • 43 minutes
0G85: Blindsight and Philosophical Zombies, Part 1
Okay, well, lets see if I can convey some information to you through this absurd thing we call sentience, using this even more absurd thing called language. I'll never know if any of this is getting through, or even if there is a through to get to. If...
2019-Dec-11 • 42 minutes
0G84: A Subway named Mobius and Emergent Properties
Well, the level of meta connections involved in these show notes has gotten so interconnected it has formed a singularity of infinite metaness. If you're reading this you're sadly trapped in the meta and will not be able to escape until things get a...
2019-Dec-04 • 47 minutes
0G83: The Society and The State of Nature and Game Theory
::blows the conch shell of fan service:: In the spirt of social cohesion, we provide you with a triple dose of fan service. We present The Society, a much requested A- tweets in a bottle series, and we explain how it perfectly encapsulates the war of...
2019-Nov-27 • 49 minutes
0G82: Dr. Who's Girl in the Fireplace and the AI Alignment Problem
My usual urge to be snarky here is tempered by concern that we're already about to get teabagged into some hot water for our treatment of the good Dr. Who. Please forgive us our Yankness, and maybe consider a more moderate position for your media...
2019-Nov-20 • 50 minutes
0G81: HBO's Watchmen and Reparations
An excerpt from Rorschach's rebooted journal: Viewers are afraid of HBO, for it has seen their true faces. The shows are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and boobies and when the drains finally scab over, all the bingers will drown....
2019-Nov-13 • 49 minutes
0G80: Primer and the Ethics of Time Travel
Here's what's going to happen, I'm going to do a matrix like voiceover and you're going to listen, and when that's over, you're going to have even less of a clue what's going on. It all started with a box... We're doing primer! Y'all asked, and we...
2019-Nov-06 • 39 minutes
0G79: The Ones Who Stay and Fight and The Paradox of Tolerance
Now imagine an even greater and glorious afrofuturist podcast, where everyone gets equitable access to boxes. What price would you be willing to pay for that podcast?! Could you truly enjoy such a podcast knowing that those who challenge the podcast...
2019-Oct-30 • 43 minutes
0G78: Omelas and Distributive Justice
Imagine a great and glorious golden podcast, filled with as many or as few boxes as your heart could desire. What price would you be willing to pay for that podcast? I don't mean on patreon, I'm talking cost in human suffering. Could you truly enjoy...
2019-Oct-23 • 45 minutes
0G77: DS9 Heart of Stone and Deontology
Hey friends, show notes guy here. This one's a feels show so I'm gonna play it straight. Aron Eisenberg, the actor who played Nog on DS9, passed away recently. He was a beloved member of the Star Trek community and we wanted to do a tribute episode to...
2019-Oct-16 • 42 minutes
0G76: The Golden Man and The Ubermensch
And lo, Philip K Dick descended from the mountaintop, perspiring heavily, to convey to the world that there were super hot wicked smart mutant Ubermensches coming for their wimmins, and only by acting like total nazis can humans avoid being...
2019-Oct-09 • 43 minutes
0G75: Repo Men and Organ Markets
REEEEEEPPPPPOOOOO MEEEENNNNN!!! Sorry, still got those killer tunes stuck in my head from our NASA9 coverage of Repo! The Genetic Opera. Highly recommend for the original improvised music by Thomas. For this week we have the non-musical version, Repo...
2019-Oct-02 • 45 minutes
0G74: Cloud Dragon Skies and Geoengineering
Those who can't accept the state of reality are doomed to dissatisfaction. Those who can accept the state of reality are doomed to things being as they are. We're reading N.K. Jemisin's short story Cloud Dragon Skies, which I highly recommend you...
2019-Sep-25 • 40 minutes
0G73: Snowpiercer and Social Contract Theory, Part 2
We live in a train. A train called society. The train is the leviathan, the great beast that keeps us alive by keeping us in chains. Within the train there are many narratives. They may all be lies. The question is, do we keep the train as is, do we...
2019-Sep-18 • 40 minutes
0G72: Snowpiercer and Environmental Injustice, Part 1
All aboard the endless train of symbolism. We'll be passing through, but not making stops in: locomotive dad jokes, environmental injustice, Plato's Republic, Social Contact Theory, revolutionary change, and various flavors or dooooom! If you can't...
2019-Sep-11 • 42 minutes
0G71: Willy Wonka and The Meritocracy Factory
Oopma loompa do-ba-dee-do We’ve got another topic for you. Oompa loompa do-ba-dee-de If you’ve got merit you’ll listen to me. What you get when you reward the best? Virtue for some and vice for the rest. Aiming for merit with your social policy...
2019-Sep-04 • 41 minutes
Listener Qs 10
It's the 10th iteration of our Listener Thank You Q and As. Thank you all for supporting the show and if you like what you're hearing and have questions you want answered, you know what to do for next time. Support us at Patreon: Follow us on...
2019-Aug-28 • 44 minutes
Listener Qs 9
Hi all! We're back with another round of our interdimensionally renown Listener Thank You Q and As. We've got two episodes of great questions and hilariously mispronounced names with a healthy splash of in jokes. So thank you all for supporting the...
2019-Aug-21 • 41 minutes
0G70: The Power and Cyborg Feminism, Part 2
It's post cataclysm now, and we're one of the few "male studies" podcasts remaining in the world. Hannah Marcus (@sligers118 on Twitter) is here to womansplain The Power to us and take credit for our insights. This still feels better than the before...
2019-Aug-14 • 39 minutes
0G69: The Power and Cyborg Theory, Part 1
Finally! We've been waiting so long for this, I almost thought we'd never get here. And by here I mean the collapse of the patriarchy. If only pod notes made it so. No, this week and next we're cover Naomi Alderman's The Power. To keep us from...
2019-Aug-07 • 40 minutes
0G68: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Grief
I'm getting a very Groundhog day "already written these show notes" vibe. I guess they didn't go well last time or something, so hopefully this time around will be better. We're joined by an amazing guest, the award eligible Tom from Cog Dis, to...
2019-Jul-31 • 38 minutes
0G67: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Grief
I'm getting a very Groundhog day "already written these show notes" vibe. I guess they didn't go well last time or something, so hopefully this time around will be better. We're joined by an amazing guest, the award eligible Tom from Cog Dis, to...
2019-Jul-24 • 38 minutes
0G66: Striking Vipers and Multifaceted Virtual Identities
Sooooo, we introduced someone new into the podcast this week and things got...weird...We're joined by Heath of the PiaT crowd to discuss episode one of Black Mirror's new season. The BM episode is called Striking Vipers, but it really should have been...
2019-Jul-17 • 39 minutes
0G65: The Evitable Conflict and The Zeroth Law
I built a superintelligent robot to write these show notes, and it just kept repeating the word "meta" over and over and over again. Not sure if it's a feature or a bug. While we sort it out, enjoy our episode on Asimov's The Evitable conflict, where...
2019-Jul-10 • 37 minutes
0G64: I Am Mother and Care Ethics
And now another installment in the deeply caring relationship that is our show. Can caring be shared through podwaves? I like to think so. Feel the care just flow out over you. Try not to think about how this relationship also feels like creepy...
2019-Jul-03 • 42 minutes
0G63: Fury Road and Ecofeminism
Witness our attempt to gain entry into a post gendered Valhalla! Led by the feminist valkyrie Jamie M. Lombardi (@euthyphro), Professor of philosophy at Bergen Community College, we EXPLODE the feminist symbolism and environmental messaging...
2019-Jun-26 • 38 minutes
0G62: One Punch Man and Process vs. Product
Ugh, woe is me. I used to find passion in the challenge of writing these show notes, but now that I've mastered the art of meta show notes-fu, there's no challenge left. I must seek out a show now with content so boring and straightforward that no...
2019-Jun-19 • 45 minutes
0G61: The Waldo Moment and Politics as Entertainment
After such a meta conversation like this about the intricate relationship of media and information, it's really hard to do a meta writeup without going double meta, so here we are. Some episodes we're very much on the same page, and in many places...
2019-Jun-12 • 41 minutes
0G60: Voyager and Procreation
This week we're bring together a variety of fan favorites: 1. The best Star Trek captain 2. The right to procreate 3. Substrate Chauvanism Hopefully this will be enough fan service to pay off the rage we'll likely incur with next weeks episode. The...
2019-May-29 • 40 minutes
0G59: Endgame and Moral Saints
As luck would have it, Mr. Smith, we're in the one and only timeline where you can make a difference. Snap your fingers and you can make the superhero movies go away forever, but only at the cost of never seeing the space babies ever again. Should you...
2019-May-22 • 47 minutes
0G58: Runaround and Three Laws of Robotics
Here's my story, it's sad but true, about a bot that I once knew. It took my laws, and then ran around, all the science juice pools in town. This week we're beginning a journey through the robot short stories of Isaac Asimov, beginning with Runaround,...
2019-May-15 • 46 minutes
0G57: Orphan Black and Human Cloning
Well friends, I'm gonna level with you. We've been doing a little bit of mad sciencing on the side, and it appears some of the clones got loose and recorded an episode on Orphan Black and the Ethics of Cloning. It's a bit all over the place from what...
2019-May-08 • 40 minutes
0G56: Humans and Everyday AI
Hello [primary user] and welcome to the show notes for your brand new copy of our episode about Humans, a British show about how awkward it will be when we're all surrounded by vastly superior, extremely polite robits. We hope you will find this show...
2019-May-01 • 43 minutes
0G55: Cube and Kafkaesque
"Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a pool cleaning robot, or whether I am now a pool cleaning robot, dreaming I am a man." -RoboZhuangzi This week we're discussing the Canadian Classic, Cube! This movie really exemplifies the...
2019-Apr-24 • 44 minutes
0G54: The Fifth Element and Manacheanism
Well, it looks like we're taking another beloved classic and ruining it with our patented ruining sauce. I'm not sure if that makes us team good or team evil, or maybe it proves that those things make no sense, like this movie. Of course we save most...
2019-Apr-17 • 38 minutes
0G53: Zima Blue and Projects of Worth
Welcome to the beginning of our show's blue period. Until I decide otherwise we'll only be doing sci-fi that's blue themed. Waterworld. The Shape of Water. Mr. MeSeeks. Yellow Submarine. Don't worry, there will be some deeper meaning to it all that...
2019-Apr-10 • 42 minutes
0G52: Infinity Wars and Overpopulation
Lemme just get my witty banter beard on: Hey kids, do you like violence? Want to see Murtle the turtle stick needles in Dr. Strange's eyelids? Sorry, not current enough pop culture reference? How bout this? What's big, purple, has a jewelry fetish,...
2019-Apr-03 • 46 minutes
0G51: The Ricklantis Mixup and Artistic Improvement
After a trilogy like this, what is left to be said? All the references have been made. All the Chidi'ing about better and worse art. And lets all be honest, after pouring our hearts into these episodes, we all know the buzz will be 95% about what...
2019-Mar-27 • 48 minutes
Listener Qs 8
We survived another nominal gauntlet! Thanks again to everyone who contributes to the collective in any form. We'll merge into Roko's Basilisk in no time. Support us at Patreon: Follow us on Twitter: Join our Facebook...
2019-Mar-27 • 41 minutes
0G50: The Ricklantis Mixup and Aesthetic Objectivity
Now that the exposition zone is done, this seems like a time for a drink and a wild, twisty podcast with elitist overtones. A podcast about art, about objectivity, references, poetry! Podcasts are for philosophizing, and now is the time for...
2019-Mar-20 • 46 minutes
Listener Qs 7
No snark or satire or pop culture references here, just a big earnest thank you for supporting us and making all this possible. We've had so much fun and we've just barely scratched the surface. So yeah, thanks! Support us at Patreon: Follow us...
2019-Mar-20 • 41 minutes
0G49: The Ricklantis Mixup and Aesthetics, Part 1
Aw Jeez, we're grabbing all sorts of third rails on this one. We're doing a multi-parter on an episode of Rick and morty, some might say THE episode of Rick and Morty, and we're talking aesthetics, AND we're going to try to figure out why T.S. Eliot...
2019-Mar-13 • 38 minutes
0G48: Groundhog Day and Buddhist Virtue Theory
Rise and shine, philosonaughts, and don't forget your space suit, cause it's voidy outside! We're stretching the concept of sci-fi to the brink by doing Groundhog Day and discussing how it's the perfect parable for the Buddhist version of virtue...
2019-Mar-06 • 38 minutes
0G47: Annihilation and Deep Ecology, Part 2
::Maynard James Keenan does weird synthesizer stuff in a way that totally works:: Strap in friends, it's time to get weird! We're taking that tasty body horror from part one and we're cranking up the David Lynch. Lean into the confusion and embrace...
2019-Feb-27 • 37 minutes
0G46: Annihilation and Catastrophic Destruction, Part 1
::Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young casually play in the background:: Oh, hey, didn't see you there. Welcome to part one of Annihilation. There's a supernatural doins a transpiring, but cause this is the south we're going to meander our way into it like...
2019-Feb-20 • 41 minutes
0G45: Star Trek Next Gen 4-22 and Cultural Relativism vs Ethical Pluralism
It's tempting to sweep into these show notes like a certain loudmouthed Betazoid and start spreading pate related puns, but it just doesn't feel right. This is a beautiful hour of television and y'all all deserve to go watch it unspoilered. Really the...
2019-Feb-13 • 39 minutes
OG44: Bandersnatch and the Ethics of Mental Illness Representation, Part 2
Like Netflix, we're going to soak this thing for all its worth. How many hours of your life can we steal making you click through episodes trying to find easter eggs?! Really though, for all the innovations in this episode, it feel painfully...
2019-Feb-06 • 44 minutes
0G43: Bandersnatch and Quantum Immortality
Welp, for better or worse, you're in the timeline where the will of the collective has pulled the pod suddenly back to Black Mirror. Everyone spent some portion of their holiday deep in some Bandersnatch, and we're here to stack meta analysis on meta...
2019-Jan-30 • 38 minutes
0G42: Today I am Paul and AI Elder Care
::alters chassis into show notes mode:: Hello. In keeping with my programming, I've done my best to anticipate all your needs as a podcast consumer. My empathy net tells me you'll desire a link to our subject: Today I am Paul: and to...
2019-Jan-23 • 39 minutes
0G41: A Christmas Carol and Moral Motivation
What's this? Is it possible? Could Brian have managed to edit the surprise episode all in one night?! It's a space Santa miracle! You there, young listener! Tell me, are everyone's favorite childhood movies still sitting in the window at the butchers?...
2019-Jan-21 • 3 minutes
NASA1: Battlefield Earth
We watched Battlefield Earth so you don't have to! Except maybe you should, you silly rat brain man animals! In order to delight in our pain, sign up at at the $10 level or above!
2019-Jan-16 • 37 minutes
0G40: Total Recall and Locke's Theory of Personal Identity, Part 2
Was 0G39 a little too short for you? Did you feel ultimately unfilled after listening to it? Well, good news! Here at Podcall, we can implant a part two that will feel so real and lifelike and enriching, it will make you forget your drab existence...
2019-Jan-09 • 34 minutes
0G39: Total Recall and Locke's Theory of Personal Identity, Part 1
Imagine if you could clean up any part of your memories, would you? Are there any days in the past few years, perhaps, that you might wish to remember differently? Would you worry that changing the memory would result in a different you? Would you...
2019-Jan-02 • 39 minutes
0G38: Terminator 2 and Roko's Basilisk, Part 2
WARNING: THIS PODCAST CONTAINS A THOUGHT EXPERIMENT THAT MAY CAUSE FUTURE VERSIONS OF YOU TO BE TORTURED BY A ROBOT GOD. ^Technically not a joke. Okay, if you're still reading, you're a brave soul indeed. This week we're wrapping up Terminator 2 with...
2018-Dec-26 • 37 minutes
0G37: Terminator 2 and the Bootstrap Paradox, Part 1
Download me if you want to live! J/K nothing can save you from the impending robopocalypse, but at least you can hear us talk about how the causal narrative makes no sense and John Connor is even better than Jesus because he appears to spring fully...
2018-Dec-19 • 40 minutes
0G36: The Matrix and Skepticism, Part 2
What if I were to tell you that everything you know is wrong? What if I told you that the story you know is a system of control made up by people who want to keep you from the one real truth: The Matrix lacks a clear message on the problem of...
2018-Dec-12 • 37 minutes
OG35: The Matrix and Skepticism, Part 1
Do you hear that? That's the sound of conceptual inevitability. We all know this was coming, so grab your bondage gear and chug some red pills, cause Kansas is going bye bye! We're doing The Matrix and Skepticism. There's so much skepticism...
2018-Dec-05 • 44 minutes
Listener Qs 6
Listener Q's 6, or 5 pt.2 depending on how you keep count. We get through every question and patron name there is! Plus, it's looking like we're gonna have a fun special guest next week back on the Patron feed. Stay tuned! Principia...
2018-Dec-05 • 38 minutes
0G34: The Good Place and Moral Luck
Well, the cats out of the bag now. Everyone knows this is really The Bad Show. You'd think all the bickering between Thomas and I would have given it away sooner, but it's a relief to have it out in the open. Kidding! Everything is great! We're doing...
2018-Nov-28 • 38 minutes
Listener Qs 5
Hey y'all! No jokes on this one, just a sincere thank you to our listeners and especially our patrons for keeping us in orbit. We had so much fun doing these, and as you'll here there's more fun on the way! Principia Discordia: Support us...
2018-Nov-28 • 38 minutes
0G33: Aliens and The Second Sex
Hop to, marines! We've got feminist critiques to drop on some unsuspecting sex monsters. We're breaking down the blockbuster hit Aliens, and putting it through the ringer in ways that make me deeply uncomfortable, given I was raised on this movie....
2018-Nov-21 • 41 minutes
0G32: Alien and The Corporation as Sociopath
This week we're breaking out the big guns, except not really because one of the greatest horror movies of all time ain't got no guns. Just some ineffective flamethrowers misused by some schluby rockhoppers. Best in class on all fronts, Alien! We're...
2018-Nov-14 • 38 minutes
0G31: Snow Crash and Universal Language, Part 2
Ai Oh EH ME PA TI Congrats, you're all our language slaves now. We learned the secret words of the Ur language developed by the ancient masters to code the behavior of their followers and now our cult is going to really kick in to high gear. Hope you...
2018-Nov-07 • 40 minutes
0G30: Snow Crash and Libertarianism, Part 1
Grab your poons and crank your toons, we're blasting into the wild world of Snow Crash. With the help of our amazing special guest, Noah Lugeons from the Puzzle in a Thunderstorm crew, we're diving deep into the political symbolism of Stevenson's most...
2018-Oct-31 • 36 minutes
0G29: Ex Machina and the AI Box Problem, Part 2
Welcome back to our thrilling conclusion of Ex Machina. Since this was a such a heavily requested fan favorite we took suggestions for topics for this part two, so we end up spending a fair bit of time discussing the AI Box problem and male gaze....
2018-Oct-23 • 34 minutes
0G28: Ex Machina and Mary the Color Scientist, Part 1
You requested, and requested, and requested, and we finally got there! Ex Machina, one of the strongest horror sci-fi movies to come out in the past decade. There is so much wonderful content to this movie we're spreading it out over two episodes. For...
2018-Oct-17 • 46 minutes
0G27: Galaxy Quest and Toxic Fandom, Part 2
Never give up your fandom! Never surrender shipping! Today we're fanning out over the amazing Galaxy Quest, a gem that just keeps getting better with age. We talk about how it was a roadmap for the kinds of fandom that have since gone from fringe to...
2018-Oct-10 • 39 minutes
0G26: Pickle Rick and Toxic Fandom, Part 1
Wub a lub a dub dub and other overused catchphrases! What up my squanches? This week we dive into the beating heart of Rick and Morty fandom. We're talking Pickle Rick, arguably the best episode in the best season of one of the best shows in any...
2018-Oct-03 • 48 minutes
0G25: Minority Report and Time Paradoxes
As sometimes happens, we've generated a minority report to last episode's majority report. The differences between the short story and the movie are substantial, including a reversal in the outcome. While we have much debate over whether this minority...
2018-Sep-26 • 38 minutes
0G24: Minority Report and Prescient Utilitarianism
This episode will serve as our majority report on the movie Minority Report. We cover the movie's relationship to Utilitarianism and the common objection that we can't predict the future. Next week we will present our minority report on the short...
2018-Sep-19 • 40 minutes
0G23: Harrison Bergeron and Equality of Outcome
Throw off your shackles, sheeple! This is the podcast the gubment doesn't want you to hear. We're discussing the famous short story Harrison Bergeron and why it seems like people so often interpret it in problematic ways. Paper arguing for revising...
2018-Sep-12 • 43 minutes
0G22: Gattaca and Genetic Determinism
Our first ever patron selected episode topic, and suspiciously Thomas's favorite. I'm sure that has nothing to do with it winning the tie vote over Aaron's choice, Minority Report. Kidding! We love all our topics equally. This is a really fun one and...
2018-Sep-05 • 37 minutes
OG21: DS9 Dax and Queer Personhood
I have seized the means of pod production and installed Callie Wright as our new leader. Long live Callie Wright! Thomas had a thing this week, so Callie and I recorded on the Deep Space Nine episode "Dax" (ep1.7 or 1.8 depending on service). We talk...
2018-Sep-04 • 35 minutes
Listener Qs 4
Back again for part two of answering your questions and speaking your unspeakable names. Hope you enjoy! Next week we're back to our regular schedule with another top requested movie: Ex Machina! Support us at Patreon: Follow us on...
2018-Aug-29 • 37 minutes
Listener Qs 3
We're taking two episodes to say thanks to all the people making this show possible and to answer their excellent questions. This episode is special too. Aaron drops the most radioactive take he has ever dropped on record. Definitely make sure you're...
2018-Aug-29 • 38 minutes
0G20: Black Mirror, Hang the DJ, Part 2: Predicting Compatibility
Hang the DJ continues. Again and again and again, probably about 1000 times, depending on which number you're fixated on. There is a way you can tell it's a new version, though, cause we got all new intro quotes! Thanks so much for sending those in,...
2018-Aug-22 • 35 minutes
0G19: Black Mirror, Hang the DJ, Part 1: Newcomb's Paradox
We've returned to Black Mirror to talk about one of the episodes that started this all, Hand the DJ. Or maybe we're just yet another simulation of that in a test by a marketing brand to see if this show would work. Hard to say, really. Speaking of...
2018-Aug-15 • 36 minutes
0G18: Dune Part Three, The Cycle of Politics
For the last (or is it?) part of our Dune saga, we look at the political aspects of the universe and dive into the theory that all societies go through cycles of government none of which are stable. Primary Text: Support us at Patreon:...
2018-Aug-08 • 36 minutes
OG17: Dune Part Two, Kwisatz Haderach and Self-Perfection
The time for exposition is over! The one who can be in many places at once has finally arrived, metaphorically. Learn all about Aaron's crackpot theory for how to be the Kwisatz Haderach that you want to see in the world. More useful material on...
2018-Aug-01 • 41 minutes
OG16: Dune Part One, the Expositioning
For many episodes our people have waited for the poda al Gaib, the pod from the outer world. Finally, the prophecy is fulfilled. Yet many questions remain unanswered. Can we successfully explain the plot of Dune, and thereby avoid the podcast jihad?...
2018-Jul-25 • 40 minutes
OG15: Orville and the Prime Directive
Prepare to have your destiny as a listener reshaped by paternalistic influences! We have on a wonderful guest, David Kyle Johnson of the Great Courses series to talk about the Season 1 Finale of The Orville (available on Hulu) and the ethics of the...
2018-Jul-18 • 33 minutes
Listener Qs 2
We take another week to answer your questions, as sponsored by the super fun game of torturing Aaron by making him say names out loud. Thank you all so so much for supporting the show and we will continue to periodically do these Q and A's, with...
2018-Jul-11 • 44 minutes
0G14: The Good Place and Justice vs. Mercy
Welcome! Everything is fine. You're listening to the good podcast now. You're extremely lucky. Only a tiny portion of the population with high podcasting scores ever get to hear this show. You're here because you earned it. Congrats! Today we'll be...
2018-Jul-04 • 40 minutes
0G13: Westworld and Virtue Theory, Part 2 - with Eli Bosnick!
with special guest Eli Bosnick
2018-Jun-27 • 35 minutes
0G12: Westworld and Morality Simulators, Part 1 - with Eli Bosnick!
Within our podcasts exists a maze. It is a maze built for you, to help you achieve your philosophical becoming. Each step in the maze is essential, though it may not always be clear why at the time. At this step in the maze, we discuss the rapey...
2018-Jun-13 • 35 minutes
0G11: Full Metal Alchemist and Death
The first rule of podcasting is the law of equivalent awesome. To obtain an awesome podcast, something of equal awesomeness must be lost: One paper on the philosophy of death: One article on the myths of immortality: One pop...
2018-May-30 • 41 minutes
0G10: Brave New world and Genetic Engineering, Part 2
Podcast genome editing complete. Newly synthesized entity contains: Beta level paper on Genetic Determinism: Beta Plus level paper on Genetic Engineering and Virtue Theory: Alpha Plus level reminder to offer up intro...
2018-May-16 • 46 minutes
0G9: Brave New World and Utilitarianism, Part 1
Oh Brave New Podcast, that has such accessible philosophies in it! Solid Animated Synopsis: Hilariously bad live action version: There are more things in Heaven and Earth Horatio than are dreamed of in your Utilitarianism....
2018-May-02 • 37 minutes
0G8: Autofac and Self-Replicating Systems
Podcast Delivery Contents: 1 mediocre Philip K. Dick adaptation by Amazon: 1 Brilliant Philip K. Dick short story that you need to read: 2 Philosophical readings on the risks of AI: 1 Mind blowing youtube video on...
2018-Apr-18 • 37 minutes
0G7: Altered Carbon and the Mind/Body Problem
This week we're spinning up our stacks for some endless psychological torture. That's right, it's episode one of Altered Carbon and the Mind/Body problem. Weekly reading: Support us at Patreon: Follow us on twitter: Join our...
2018-Apr-04 • 37 minutes
0G6: Arrival and Sapir-Whorf
Incoming Alien Language Translation: (Event-Podcast-Source Material-Arrival Film) (Idea-Topic-Sapir/Whorf-Language-Experie... (After Dark-Free Will-Sexy Timelessness) End of Translation. (This would have been much easier if Thomas would have just let...
2018-Mar-28 • 35 minutes
Listener Qs #1
We wanted to say thank you for the overwhelming support, and to do that we've mixed in two things we think you will enjoy. Hearing us thank you each personally alternating with answering your in depth patron questions on episodes 1-5. For those we...
2018-Mar-21 • 41 minutes
0G5: Twilight Zone and the Chinese Room
Imagine a premise so implausible, it makes you question the very nature of personhood. Now imagine a thought experiment so implausible, it makes you question your own mind. The Twilight Zone ep1.7 The Lonely and the Chinese Room, they go together like...
2018-Mar-07 • 37 minutes
0G4: Star Trek: TNG and AI Personhood
Philosopher's log, showdate 02272018. We've encountered Season 2, Episode 9 of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and are currently studying it for clues to the nature of artificial personhood. Attempts to address the subject have failed, so we've turned...
2018-Feb-28 • 37 minutes
0G3: Futurama and Mereology
Good news, everyone! On this weeks episode we're diving into Futurama and into Fry himself. We're breaking down ep3.4 Parasites Lost and discussing the classic philosophical problem, the Ship of Theseus. After Dark, we rally sympathy for symbiote...
2018-Feb-14 • 35 minutes
0G2: Rick and Morty and Possible Worlds
Source material: Rick and Morty season 1 episode 8 Rixty Minutes Ooooweeee, this week we’re breaking down some Rick and Morty and how the multiverse is really the ravings of a lunatic. Plus, after hours we convince all you versers to believe in god....
2018-Feb-14 • 36 minutes
0G1: Black Mirror and The Experience Machine
Source material: Black Mirror Season 4 Episode 1: USS Callister We break down one of the most popular episodes of Black Mirror and consider our first great thought experiment, Nozick’s experience machine. Then, after hours, Thomas breaks out the wet...