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Episode 92 – “Person or Persons Unknown”

As Serling notes, David Gurney has lost something he didn’t even know he had, his identity. A special feature of David Gurney’s circumstances is that he hasn’t lost his sense of who he is, or more neutrally, his belief that … Continue reading

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Episode 88 – “The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtebank”

Jeff Myrtebank succumbs to the flu as a young man in rural Kentucky, or thereabouts, in the 1920s. His family physician, Dr. Bolton, declares him dead, and his family administers last rites at their country church. During the service, Jeff … Continue reading

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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 62 – “Shadow Play”

In our discussion of “Where is Everybody” we considered the possibility that the world is radically different from the way it appears to be. “Shadow Play” raises a different kind of skeptical problem, a problem generated by what philosophers call … Continue reading

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Episode 53 – “Twenty-Two”

Miss Liz Powell has a problem. She has a recurring dream, but¬† she finds it “difficult to decide which is reality, and which is nightmare.” Does she dream that she wakes up from her hospital bed, knock a ¬†water glass … Continue reading

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