Category Archives: reflections

Episode 100 – “I Sing the Body Electric”

An electronic data-processing system in the shape of a woman capable of giving loving supervision to your children. That’s the claim of Facsimile Limited. It fits the bill for a family of five, reduced to four by the death of … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Episode 100 – “I Sing the Body Electric”

Episode 99 – “Young Man’s Fancy”

The term “fancy” was used in 17th and 18th century philosophy as the name of the faculty of imagination, and what one fancied is what one imagined. Although the term isn’t used that way anymore, it is used in a … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Episode 99 – “Young Man’s Fancy”

Episode 98 – “The Dummy”

The form of comedy practiced by ventriloquists was popular through the 1960s, a holdover from the vaudeville era. The ventriloquist appears with a prop, her or his dummy, usually a large doll, placed on the lap, or on a chair … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Episode 98 – “The Dummy”

Episode 97 – “The Gift”

Philosophy attempts to come up with and to answer our most basic questions. Those questions can include questions about philosophy itself, including the question of whether the questions of philosophy really are basic questions.¬†Is¬†philosophy is constrained by our social, cultural, … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Tagged , | Comments Off on Episode 97 – “The Gift”

Episode 96 – “The Trade-Ins”

In the Twilight Zone one can often shop for items not usually thought to be available for purchase. In “I Sing the Body Electric” a family shops for a replacement grandmother. In “The Trade-Ins” an aging couple shop for replacements … Continue reading

Posted in reflections | Comments Off on Episode 96 – “The Trade-Ins”