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We've trapped two philosophers in deep space for your amusement. To stave off space madness, they're beaming back podcasts where they overanalyze science fiction to mine it for delicious philosophical concepts. Tune in to our fun little experiment, with samplings from Black Mirror, Star Trek, Rick and Morty, and many more! Live long and philosopher.

Philosophers In Space Aaron Rabi and Thomas Smith

    • Philosophy
    • 4.9, 10 Ratings

We've trapped two philosophers in deep space for your amusement. To stave off space madness, they're beaming back podcasts where they overanalyze science fiction to mine it for delicious philosophical concepts. Tune in to our fun little experiment, with samplings from Black Mirror, Star Trek, Rick and Morty, and many more! Live long and philosopher.

    0G104: The Expanse and The Myth of Catching Up

    0G104: The Expanse and The Myth of Catching Up

    Listen closely my beratna and sesata and we'll convert you from a tumang to a belta in no time. We're just scratching the surface of the Ex-pants world, basic world building stuff so we can come back later or all the weirdness. We introduce a postcolonial interpretation of Expanse tied specifically to The Myth of Catching Up. Stay space woke.
    The Myth of Catching Up: https://wmbranchout.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/the-myth-of-catching-up-development-maria-mies.pdf  
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    Sibling shows:
    Serious Inquiries Only: https://seriouspod.com/
    Opening Arguments: https://openargs.com/ 
    Embrace the Void: https://voidpod.com/
    Recent appearances: Aaron did a two part chat with Emerson over at the Counterapologetics and Walden Pod. Pt1 is on Moral Luck and Pt2 is on Neutral Monism:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    CONTENT PREVIEW: Picard Season One and the Butlerian Jihad

    • 40 min
    0G103: Dr Who's Heaven Sent and "Self" sacrifice

    0G103: Dr Who's Heaven Sent and "Self" sacrifice

    Welcome back Whovians! Our trap has worked, we've caught the time lord Mike Hall of Merseyside skeptics in our web of disrespectful ignorance and we sure do squeeze him for information. He's unrelentingly brilliant though, so of course he escapes unscathed and only slightly annoyed. We discuss the episode Heaven Sent and its connections to Buddhism and whether The Doctor does something profoundly unethical to save a friend.
    Skeptics with a K: http://www.merseysideskeptics.org.uk/category/podcast/skeptics-with-a-k/
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    Sibling shows:
    Serious Inquiries Only: https://seriouspod.com/
    Opening Arguments: https://openargs.com/ 
    Embrace the Void: https://voidpod.com/
    Recent appearances: Aaron did a two part chat with Emerson over at the Counterapologetics and Walden Pod. Pt1 is on Moral Luck and Pt2 is on Neutral Monism:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    CONTENT PREVIEW: The Expanse ep.1 and The Myth of Catching Up

    • 49 min
    0G102: Player of Games and Gamification of Ethics, Part 3

    0G102: Player of Games and Gamification of Ethics, Part 3

    Time to wrap up another opus. It's been a beautiful dance of ideas and symbolism, played out on a board of intrigue and robits, but all good things must come to an end. Has the dance left us as better people? Only the future will tell. Here's to Player of Games, a brilliant first look at the Culture series and a wonderful way to nerd out about games and ethics.
    Gamification and Ethics: https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=vDxTBgAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PA225&dq=gamification+of+ethics&ots=mJ_ME4jC0U&sig=h602Bed-_gmWPrud4EN2hxGH2as#v=onepage&q=gamification%20of%20ethics&f=false
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    Sibling shows:
    Serious Inquiries Only: https://seriouspod.com/
    Opening Arguments: https://openargs.com/ 
    Embrace the Void: https://voidpod.com/
    Editing by Brian Ziegenhagen, check out his pod: http://youarehere.libsyn.com/s02e02-rex-manning-day?fbclid=IwAR2L2_YIJvQpcw0nx6nTSfz0GmyJ1DtWsF--vvdI9W1ug3XW7IAtU6dQ36s
    Recent appearances: Aaron did a two part chat with Emerson over at the Counterapologetics and Walden Pod. Pt1 is on Moral Luck and Pt2 is on Neutral Monism:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    CONTENT PREVIEW: Listener Q's 13

    • 42 min
    0G101: Player of Games and Authoritarian Essentialism, Part 2

    0G101: Player of Games and Authoritarian Essentialism, Part 2

    We survived the zombies! We escaped from earth to space and found another society that is also terrible but is not actively being overrun by zombies. For part two of our Player of Game time we dive into the Empire of Azad and their essentialist culture. We discuss how essentialism naturally plays a major role in authoritarian cultures and undermines meritocracy.
    Essentialism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Essentialism
    Authoritarianism and gender essentialism: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11199-020-01123-3
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    Sibling shows:
    Serious Inquiries Only: https://seriouspod.com/
    Opening Arguments: https://openargs.com/ 
    Embrace the Void: https://voidpod.com/
    Editing by Brian Ziegenhagen, check out his pod: http://youarehere.libsyn.com/s02e02-rex-manning-day?fbclid=IwAR2L2_YIJvQpcw0nx6nTSfz0GmyJ1DtWsF--vvdI9W1ug3XW7IAtU6dQ36s
    Recent appearances: Aaron did a two part chat with Emerson over at the Counterapologetics and Walden Pod. Pt1 is on Moral Luck and Pt2 is on Neutral Monism:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9n2Tz97eGos
    CONTENT PREVIEW: Player of Games and Gameification of Ethics and Culture Pt3

    • 42 min
    Listener Qs 14

    Listener Qs 14

    Thanks thanks thanks thanks! What else is there to say but thanks so much? And also, answers?!
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    Sibling shows:
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    Opening Arguments: https://openargs.com/ 
    Embrace the Void: https://voidpod.com/
    Editing by Brian Ziegenhagen, check out his pod: http://youarehere.libsyn.com/s02e02-rex-manning-day?fbclid=IwAR2L2_YIJvQpcw0nx6nTSfz0GmyJ1DtWsF--vvdI9W1ug3XW7IAtU6dQ36s
    CONTENT PREVIEW: Dr. Who "Heaven Sent" and "self" sacrifice

    • 46 min
    Listener Qs 13

    Listener Qs 13

    Hi all! Another round of profound thanks to our patrons who are keeping the lights on even in these difficult times. Thank you so much and hope you enjoy this special birthday Q and A!
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    Editing by Brian Ziegenhagen, check out his pod: http://youarehere.libsyn.com/s02e02-rex-manning-day?fbclid=IwAR2L2_YIJvQpcw0nx6nTSfz0GmyJ1DtWsF--vvdI9W1ug3XW7IAtU6dQ36s
    CONTENT PREVIEW: Listener Qs 14

    • 53 min

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