Tag Archives: personal identity

Episode 141 – “Spur of the Moment”

You are a person. At this moment, you are reading this essay. But you have existed at other moments; at those moments, the person who existed was you. At each moment, your body is extended in space. But from moment … Continue reading

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Episode 137 – “Number Twelve Looks Just Like You”

In “Eye of the Beholder” Miss Janet Tyler’s appearance is different from that of most members of the society in which she lives, and she agrees to undergo an operation to bring her into conformity with others. In “Number Twelve … Continue reading

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Episode 133 – “Ring-a-Ding Girl”

We’ve noted that the title “The Twilight Zone“ is Serling’s name for the imagination, and that that the imagination is the faculty of the mind that constructs possible worlds, and that descriptions of those worlds are couched in terms of … Continue reading

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Episode 128 – “Uncle Simon”

In 1964, in contrast to today, robots were not ubiquitous. They did, however, have a significant presence in The Twilight Zone.  The unintended consequences of robotic athletes competing in sports is explored in “The Mighty Casey” and “Steel.” A mechanical … 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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