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Episode 89 – “To Serve Man”

If a race of creatures from space showed up on our doorstep, what should we do?  What do we normally do when we are confronted by individuals or groups who we don’t know?  What should they do? How should they … Continue reading

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Episode 82 – “One More Pallbearer”

The possibility of nuclear war, and of the complete annihilation of life on our planet, loomed larger in the popular imagination of the early 1960s than it does now. In the United States, a civilian infrastructure for dealing with nuclear … 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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Episode 64 – “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up”

How do we, and more philosophically, how ought we assess the character and motives of others, particularly in the face of potential threats to our well-being? How should we interpret the actions, claims, and even appearance of others as either menacing … Continue reading

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Episode 22 – “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”

To the extent that there is a moral fabric among humanity, it is indeed fragile, and in this episode it is intentionally torn asunder by conquerors from outside humanity. The fabric, the moral structure that makes it possible for Maple … Continue reading

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