Monthly Archives: September 2018

Episode 73 – “It’s a Good Life”

I characterized “The Mind and the Matter” as grappling with Leibniz’s answer to the questions: “Why is there something rather than nothing” and “Why is it this way rather than some other way.” I said that Leibniz’s answer was that … Continue reading

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Episode 72 – “The Grave”

This is a Western with a metaphysical twist. Can someone who is dead commit murder? Can Pinto Sykes, a recently deceased gun-slinger, cause the death of Conny Miller, a bounty hunter who had tried, but failed, to bring about Sykes’ demise? When … Continue reading

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Episode 71 – “The Mirror”

“The Mirror” is a rather heavy-handed warning about the tendency of revolutions to lead to tyranny and fascism. Airing within two years of Castro’s rise to power in Cuba, Serling is unapologetic about this episode’s presentation of a fictional version … Continue reading

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Episode 70 – “A Game of Pool”

Woody Allen once said that he didn’t want to become immortal through his works. He wanted to become immortal by not dying.  It’s hard to get much distance from Skakespeare’s puzzle about our posture towards death,  but this episode is … Continue reading

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Episode 69 – “The Passersby”

Is sympathy called for in response to the opening scene when we realize, that the passersby are Confederate soldiers at the close of The Civil War in April, 1865, and the house they are passing contains an ailing Confederate woman, Lavinia, whose … Continue reading

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