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Episode 127 – “The Old Man in the Cave”

Imagine coming across an isolated group of individuals who avow their allegiance to someone they refer to as the old man in the cave, a man they admit they have never seen, but who communicates with them in the form … Continue reading

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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 117 – “The Incredible World of Horace Ford”

In the 17th and 18th centuries, philosophers found it useful to carve up the mind into different components, which they called “faculties.” Descartes, writing in the 17th century, distinguished between the faculties of sensation, imagination, reason, and memory. He, and other philosophers … Continue reading

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Episode 112 – “No Time Like the Past”

“No Time Like the Past” is another of many episodes addressing the possibility of time travel and the philosophical issues raised by it. The episode begins with an argument about the risks associated with time traveling to the past. Paul … Continue reading

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Episode 110 – “Miniature”

Philosophers attempt to make sense of the human condition, and doing that entails making sense of how humans typically function. This requires specifying what the functions are that humans carry out, and how the conditions in which they find themselves play a … Continue reading

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