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Science fiction is a playground for all of humankind's best, worst, weirdest and most wonderful ideas. Join writer and storyteller Damien Walter on an exploration of the world as seen through a science fiction lens.

Science Fiction Damien Walter

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Science fiction is a playground for all of humankind's best, worst, weirdest and most wonderful ideas. Join writer and storyteller Damien Walter on an exploration of the world as seen through a science fiction lens.

    Meaning vs Atheism: can science fiction bridge the gap?

    Meaning vs Atheism: can science fiction bridge the gap?

    Science fiction is a strange beast. A exploration of the hard edged future of science and technology, fused with the transcendent hunger for imagination and self-transformation. Can science fiction be a bridge between the two "non-overlapping magisteria" of Science and Religion?

    This episode of the Science Fiction podcast is a crossover with my series commenting on the "Intellectual MMA" of YouTube philosophy. The Four Horsemen of Atheism - Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett VS The Four Horsemen of Meaning - Jordan Peterson, Jonathan Pageau, John Vervaeke and Bishop Barron. Who is who? And who won?

    00:00 Science fiction bridges religion and science
    01:04 What happens when Science meets Fiction?
    02:21 The era of Intellectual MMA
    03:43 Horsemen of Meaning vs Horsemen of Atheism
    05:09 The rise of the YouTube intellectual
    07:19 Which Horseman is which?
    12:01 The Meaning Crisis
    14:58 The problem of Self-Deception
    20:52 So...who won?
    22:12 We need a participatory philosophy
    24:59 Religious dogma? BAD! Religious debate? GREAT!

    • 26 min
    Can Apple’s Foundation be salvaged?

    Can Apple’s Foundation be salvaged?

    The worst thing any adaptation of a science fiction classic can do is be less intelligent than the original. Apple's FOUNDATION is dumbed down so far that readers of Isaac Asimov's original novels can barely recognise it. But can rewrites, reshoots and some smart recasting help Apple recoup some of the $500M the show is reported to have cost?

    00:00 Apple's Foundation is dumbed down
    03:48 The Science Fiction podcast with Damien Walter
    05:09 $500 million is a lot of money
    08:15 The most expensive flop in tv history
    09:21 Could Foundation be salvaged?
    10:42 Get rid of David S Goyer
    11:52 The central character of Foundation is...Foundation.
    14:11 Foundation is SOCIAL science fiction
    16:16 The Empire is a technocracy
    18:19 Hari Seldon - a prophet of science
    19:34 Cast Lee Pace as Salvor Hardin
    22:52 Hire science fiction writers
    25:25 Culture is the intelligence of human civilisation
    27:02 We are in a Seldon crisis

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    • 29 min
    Stephen Wolfram’s challenge to science fiction

    Stephen Wolfram’s challenge to science fiction

    The great project of science fiction has been the translation of science and its discoveries into our shared understanding as human beings. But what happens to science fiction if and when the science itself...changes? We're in the midst of a paradigm shift in the understanding of physics driven by computation. And at the cutting edge of this new kind of science is Stephen Wolfram. In a recent podcast interview with Lex Friedman, Wolfram wondered if science fiction was the way to understand what it would be like to be a 'cellular automata'. Is science fiction ready to answer the challenge?

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    • 34 min
    Blade Runner is a test of empathy to see if you are human

    Blade Runner is a test of empathy to see if you are human

    Rick Deckard is a Replicant. And Rick Deckard is also not the hero of Blade Runner...but is the villain. But the obvious questions about Blade Runner are also the least interesting. Empathy is the core of the Blade Runner story. Why we feel it, who we feel it for, and who we choose to exclude from our empathy. Blade Runner is an empathy test...for the audience...to see if you and I are human. All too often, we fail the test.

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    • 14 min
    The Green Knight wants you to die

    The Green Knight wants you to die

    It's interesting to realise that audiences today for The Green Knight, director David Lowery's adaptation of the medieval poem, struggle to understand a story that would have been clear and obvious to audiences seven centuries ago. For all our knowledge and science - or perhaps because of them - the epic poem created by an unknown author as a kind of Arthurian fanfic now seems cryptically mysterious to us. But the deep meaning of The Green Knight is exactly why the movie has become a surprise hit. More than ever modern audiences are hungry for the gift of The Green Knight - death.

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    • 40 min
    The failure of Foundation is a lost opportunity for Apple

    The failure of Foundation is a lost opportunity for Apple

    Stories that last through the ages aren't just great storytelling, they also serve the power structures of their time. Powerful people have always patronised great stories. The epic poem Beowulf, The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, the plays of William Shakespeare, were all supported by powerful patrons. Now the most powerful corporation in the world has decided to patronise a $500 billion production of Isaac Asimov's Foundation saga, a story that represents the values of our technocratic elite better than any other.

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    • 24 min

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