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Doctor Who, the Daleks and Consequentialism – SPS408

Doctor Who, the Daleks and Consequentialism – SPS408

This is the final part of our three part series on Dr Who and the Daleks, we are looking at the ethical theory known as Consequentialism. Show Notes Doctor Who The Daleks Consequentialism Utilitarianism John Stewart Mill Jeremy Bentham Desirism Raygaun Sound effect by Mike Koenig Worth picking up If you would like to contactContinue Reading

Immortality, Ennui and Death Wish – SPS404

Immortality, Ennui and Death Wish – SPS404

Would you want to live forever? Are there upsides or downsides to this? Those are some questions we will consider on this episode of the Sci Phi Show Show Notes Star Trek: TNG, The Neutral Zone Star Trek: Voyager, Death Wish Immortality in Fiction Immortality Tranhumanism The West Minister Confession Albert Camus The Myth ofContinue Reading

SPS 1×20 – 1984 & Brave New World, Which is Worse?

SPS 1×20 – 1984 & Brave New World, Which is Worse?

Which dystopian hell would you prefer to live in? 1984 or Brave New World? That is the question we will tackle on this season finale episode of the Sci Phi Show. Show Notes George Orwell 1984 Aldous Huxley Brave New World Utopia Dystopia Thomas Moore Marching soundeffect by Mike Koenig Youtube Version Transcript Worth pickingContinue Reading

SPS 1×17 – Are the Bajoran Prophets gods or Wormhole Aliens?

SPS 1×17 – Are the Bajoran Prophets gods or Wormhole Aliens?

Are the Bajoran Prophets gods? That is the question we are going to explore this time. What properties make something a deity? Show Notes Bajor The Propehts The Pah Wraiths Q Bajoran Wormhole DS9: Accession DS9: The Assignment Omnipotence Omniscience The Eternality of God The Trinity Moral Perfection Gong sound effects by Mike Koenig YoutubeContinue Reading

SPS 1×17 – Are the Bajoran Prophets gods or Wormhole Aliens? – Transcript

Are the Bajoran Prophets Gods or just Wormhole Aliens? That is the question we will look at this time on the Sci Phi Show In the Star Trek series Deep Space Nine we have an interesting departure from earlier Star Trek series as we have an exploration of some deeply religious themes. This makes aContinue Reading

SPS 1×16 – Does Batman have any friends?

Does Batman have any friends? On this episode we look at the question of what is a friend according to the ancient philosopher Aristole and whether or not Batman has any of these sorts of friends, especially Perfect or Complete friends. Show Notes Batman Aristotle King Solomon Aristotle’s Ethics, including Friendship Jim Gordon Dick GraysonContinue Reading

SPS 1×14 – Time’s Arrow

SPS 1×14 – Time’s Arrow

We look at the question of time travel on this episode of the Sci Phi show using the season straddlings Star Trek the Next Generation episode Time’s Arrow. Show Notes Time’s Arrow at Memory Alpha Time at the SEP Time Travel and Modern Physics at the SEP The Grandfather Paradox Paul Levinson Chronology Protection ConjectureContinue Reading

SPS 1×13 – 2081 and Equality

SPS 1×13 – 2081 and Equality

2081 is a short film that shows us a future dystopian America where thanks to the 211th, 212th & 213th Amendment to the Constitution everybody is finally equal and it seemed an good vehicle to discuss the concept of equality. You can find the trailer for the film embedded below and I highly recommend youContinue Reading

SPS 1×12 – Can you survive being transported?

Can you survive being transported? It really depends on the philosophy of mind you embrace and we are going to explore that question on this episode of the Sci Phi Show. Show Notes An overview of the Transporter Technology Quantum Teleportation Teleporting Rubidium atoms Philip Jose Farmers Riverworld Heisenberg compensators Greg Egan Star Trek:TNG, SecondContinue Reading

SPS 1×11 – I, Robot and Can Machines think?

Can a Robot think? That is the question we will investigate on this episode of the Sci Phi Show. This takes us into the question of “what is a mind?”, which is what the field of the Philosophy of Mind concerns itself with. Show Notes I, Robot Philosophy of Mind overview by Wikipedia Dualism MonismContinue Reading