Monthly Archives: October 2018

Episode 79 – “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”

In discussions about the nature of knowledge, skepticism looms large: How do we know we are not brains in vats? How do we know we are not dreaming? In raising these skeptical worries we are acutely aware that it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Episode 78 – “Once Upon A Time”

Time travel might be of interest not only to those who might wish to change the past, or revisit it, but to those who just don’t like the circumstances in which they find themselves, and hope to find something better … Continue reading

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Episode 77 – “The Jungle”

New York City is sometimes described as a jungle, where that’s understood as a dense, dark, and foreboding place. “The Jungle” takes place entirely the jungle of New York City, but the city itself is not represented as dark and … Continue reading

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Episode 76 – “Still Valley”

Like “The Passersby,” “Still Valley” is set late in the Civil War, as the South is losing the war. It is in this context that the episode addresses the ethics of war and warfare. There are two large questions about the … Continue reading

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Episode 75 – “The Midnight Sun”

There’s a Tom Lehrer song is entitled “We’ll All Go Together When We Go.” In it Lehrer manages to humorously describe the end of the world in a nuclear meltdown. Serling’s “Midnight Sun” was written at about the same time … Continue reading

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