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Episode 116 – “Of Late I Think of Cliffordville”

There is a particularly American myth, that with grit and determination, hard work, intelligence and cunning, and maybe a touch of luck, anyone can become a successful and wealthy titan of business. This myth discounts the role that other people … Continue reading

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Episode 115 – “The New Exhibit”

Several Twilight Zone  episodes feature animated mannequins, dolls,  or puppets.    In “The After Hours”, store mannequins  take turns participating in living among humans.  “The Dummy”  features a ventriloquist’s  life-size “dummy” companion who breaks free of the ventriloquist’s control of its linguistic output … Continue reading

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Episode 114 – “I Dream of Genie”

The fable of Aladdin’s Lamp, adapted here as “I Dream of Genie,” is an enduring favorite, and perhaps that’s because it raises a fundamental philosophical issue of how one ought to lead one’s life in a very personal way: What ought you  … Continue reading

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Episode 113 – “The Parallel”

Works of fiction, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, are, or appear to be, representations of possible worlds. Insofar as they succeed in representing what is possible, they do represent possible worlds. In their simplest form, a work of fiction represents … Continue reading

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Episode 112 – “No Time Like the Past”

“No Time Like the Past” is another of many episodes addressing the possibility of time travel and the philosophical issues raised by it. The episode begins with an argument about the risks associated with time traveling to the past. Paul … Continue reading

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