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Episode 62 – “Shadow Play”

In our discussion of “Where is Everybody” we considered the possibility that the world is radically different from the way it appears to be. “Shadow Play” raises a different kind of skeptical problem, a problem generated by what philosophers call … Continue reading

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Episode 61 – “The Silence”

We place bets on events that are probable, not on events that are either certain or impossible, and what we are willing to wager depends on our judgments of the degree of probability that the outcome will obtain, and on … Continue reading

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Episode 60 – “The Rip Van Winkle Caper”

What, if anything,  has lasting or intrinsic value?  Suppose your strategy is to steal something of great value and hold onto it for a hundred years, with the hope of cashing in when the heat is off. Is that a … Continue reading

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Episode 59 – A Hundred Yards Over the Rim

Many time travel episodes are about traveling to the past. This one is about traveling to the future, and then returning to the point in time from which one traveled, that is,  back to the past.  If you go to … Continue reading

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Episode 58 – “Long-Distance Call”

Billy, a five year old boy, is given toy telephone by his adoring grandmother on his birthday, days before she dies. She tells him that the phone is for the exclusive communication between the two of them. After her death, … Continue reading

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