Monthly Archives: July 2019

Episode 123 – “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”

In light of The Twilight Zone‘s attention to philosophical themes related to the imagination, it isn’t surprising that there are several episodes that explore what happens when the imagination, understood as a faculty of the mind, takes on an out-sized … Continue reading

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Episode 122 – “Steel”

At least since the 17th century, philosophers and scientists have considered whether it is possible for machines to think. Descartes argued that it is not possible for animals (and by extension,  machines) to think. Thinking, he argued, requires the use … Continue reading

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Episode 121 – “In Praise of Pip”

In our interactions with one another, and also in our observations of the actions of individuals in fiction, we find ourselves assessing behavior. We judge individuals as good, or kind, or vicious, or even evil. We consider what has been … Continue reading

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Episode 120 – “The Bard”

Here’s a thought experiment and two guiding questions: Imagine that William Shakespeare could write for television. How would he fare, and what does answering the question tell us about television as an art form? Julius Moomer has, somewhat unintentionally, conjured … Continue reading

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Episode 119 – “Passage on the Lady Anne”

Marriage is a relationship between persons, sometimes entered into voluntarily, but sometime not. But what is the relationship, exactly? What conditions must be met for two (or in some cases more than two) persons to be married? Who, for example, … Continue reading

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