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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 115 – “The New Exhibit”

Several Twilight Zone  episodes feature animated mannequins, dolls,  or puppets.    In “The After Hours”, store mannequins  take turns participating in living among humans.  “The Dummy”  features a ventriloquist’s  life-size “dummy” companion who breaks free of the ventriloquist’s control of its linguistic output … Continue reading

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Episode 113 – “The Parallel”

Works of fiction, including episodes of The Twilight Zone, are, or appear to be, representations of possible worlds. Insofar as they succeed in representing what is possible, they do represent possible worlds. In their simplest form, a work of fiction represents … 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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Episode 56 – “Static”

What distinguishes memory from imagination? Certainly our memories inform our imagination. When we imagine what might have been, in contrast to what was, we go beyond our memories to paint a picture of alternative states of affairs.  That’s what happens … Continue reading

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