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Episode 136 – “The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross”

An early Beatles song begins: I’ll buy you a diamond ring, my friend If it makes you feel all right I’ll get you anything, my friend If it makes you feel all right ‘Cause I don’t care too much for … 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 119 – “Passage on the Lady Anne”

Marriage is a relationship between persons, sometimes entered into voluntarily, but sometime not. But what is the relationship, exactly? What conditions must be met for two (or in some cases more than two) persons to be married? Who, for example, … Continue reading

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Episode 114 – “I Dream of Genie”

The fable of Aladdin’s Lamp, adapted here as “I Dream of Genie,” is an enduring favorite, and perhaps that’s because it raises a fundamental philosophical issue of how one ought to lead one’s life in a very personal way: What ought you  … Continue reading

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Episode 97 – “The Gift”

Philosophy attempts to come up with and to answer our most basic questions. Those questions can include questions about philosophy itself, including the question of whether the questions of philosophy really are basic questions. Is philosophy is constrained by our social, cultural, … Continue reading

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