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  • Emperor Palpatine as Machiavellian Prince – SPS 417

    Jul 12, 2014 | 13 min
    Is Emperor Palpatine following Macheiavelli's playbook when it comes to ruling his Galactic Empire. Show Notes Palpatine Niccolo Machiavelli The Prince by Machevelli The Pazzi Conspiracy Savonarola Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Or just leave a comment here Transcript Has Emperor Palpatine been reading a copy of Machiavelli's the Prince? That is the question we will consider on this episode of the Sci Phi Show As much as many people dislike the Star Wars prequel movies I do think the rise of the Emperor to power makes an interesting study i...
  • The Joker, Nietzsche and the Will to Power – SPS 416

    Jun 28, 2014 | 12 min
    What do the Dark Knight's Joker and the late 19th century philosopher Fredrich Nietzsche have in common? Lets look at that idea through his idea of the Ubermensch and the Will to Power. Show Notes The Dark Knight movie The Joker Friedrich Niet...
  • John C. Wright, Transhuman and Subhuman and a Chat – SPS 415

    Jun 14, 2014 | 39 min
    I have a chat with John C. Wright about his new collection of essays, that is a fantastic read and well worth picking up. We chat about some of the ideas contained in the essays, I hope you enjoy. Show Notes John C. Wright's Blog John's Live Journal John's entry in Wikipedia Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Or just leave a comment here
  • Babylon 5, The Vorlons and the Great Question – SPS 414

    Jun 1, 2014 | 12 min
    This brings our Babylon 5 series to completion, looking at the question the Vorlon's ask, "Who are you?". This is a good kicking off point to examine the question of different worldviews. Show Notes Babylon 5 The Vorlons Come's the Inquisitor ...
  • Bill DeSmedt, Dualism and A Chat – SPS 413

    May 18, 2014 | 33 min
    I have a chat with Bill DeSmedt about his awesome new book Dualism. If you haven't got it already click on the link in the show notes and buy it and read it. If you enjoy the show, and especially if you like Robert J Sawyer, you'll like it. Show Notes Bill DeSmedt Dualism (The Archon Sequence) Singularity (The Archon Sequence) (Volume 1) The Singularity Files (Audiobook & Science Seminars) (The Archon Sequence) Bill's first book Singularity at Podiobooks Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Or just leave a comment here
  • Babylon 5, The Shadows and Thomas Aquinas Part 3 – SPS411

    May 4, 2014 | 12 min
    The final part of out Shadows and Thomas Aquinas series on this episode of the Sci Phi Show. Lets see if we can find out what we want. Show Notes Babylon 5 The Shadows Mr Morden Centauri Londo Mollari Narn G'Kar Vir Cotto Thomas Aquinas ...
  • Babylon 5, The Shadows and Thomas Aquinas Part 2 – SPS410

    Apr 20, 2014 | 12 min
    We will continue to explore Mr Morden's Question, "What do you want?" with the help of Thomas Aquinas on this episode of the Sci Phi Show. Show Notes Babylon 5 The Shadows Mr Morden Centauri Londo Mollari Narn G'Kar Vir Cotto Thomas Aquinas Summa Theologicae Aristotle Augustine of Hippo Boethius What does a mans happiness consist in? Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Or just leave a comment here Transcript What do you want? We will continue to explore the question from Mr Morden on this episode of the Sci Phi Show [intro] On the last episode w...
  • SPS 409 – Babylon 5, The Shadows and Thomas Aquinas Part 1

    Apr 5, 2014 | 15 min
    The Shadow Agent, Mr Morden asks a question of those he seeks to influence, "What do you want?", that is the question we will look at with the help of the Medieval Philosopher Thomas Aquinas on this episode of the Sci Phi Show. Show Notes Babylo...
  • SPS 408 – Doctor Who, the Daleks and Consequentialism

    Mar 22, 2014 | 13 min
    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 Des...
  • SPS 407 – Doctor Who, the Daleks and Deontology

    Mar 9, 2014 | 14 min
    The question of Deontology as an ethical framework and how this would apply to a decision to eliminate the Daleks is what we will consider on this episode of the Sci Phi Show. Show Notes Doctor Who The Daleks Deontological Ethics Immanuel Kan...
  • SPS 406 – Doctor Who, the Daleks and Virtue Ethics

    Feb 22, 2014 | 13 min
    The Matrix is a film that provides a new twist on an ancient Allegory that Plato recorded in his book the Republic. On this episode of the Sci Phi Show we'll explore the Allegory of the Cave and how the Matrix takes it in a new direction. Show Notes Doctor Who The Daleks Davros Skaro Virtue Ethics Socrates Plato Aristotle Chinese ethical traditions Hindu Ethical traditions Ethics in Indian and Tibetan Buddhism Ancient Greek Ethical Theories The Natural Law Tradition Sci Phi Show on The Good Life The Golden Mean The Cardinal Virtues Aristotles Minor Virtues The Theological Virtues Augustine of Hippo The Meno by Plato Jean-Jacques Rousseau Thomas Hobbes Niccolo Machiavelli" Leviathan by Thomas...
  • SPS 405 – Plato, The Matrix and the Allegory of the Cave

    Feb 9, 2014 | 11 min
    The Matrix is a film that provides a new twist on an ancient Allegory that Plato recorded in his book the Republic. On this episode of the Sci Phi Show we'll explore the Allegory of the Cave and how the Matrix takes it in a new direction. Show Notes The Matrix The Allegory of the Cave Plato Socrates Nihilism The Republic by Plato Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here Transcript The film the Matrix asks a host of philosophical questions but one of its over riding ideas is Plato's alle...
  • SPS 404 – Immortality, Ennui and Death Wish

    Dec 10, 2013 | 12 min
    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 of Sisyphus C.S. Lewis Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here Transcript Immortality, What is it and is there a downside? That is the question we will consider on th...
  • SPS 403 – Foreknowledge, Free Will and Cassandra

    Nov 25, 2013 | 13 min
    On this episode of the Sci Phi show we look at the question of Foreknowledge and Free Will using a wonderfully funny episode of the Sci Fi comedy Red Dwarf. Show Notes Red Dwarf Cassandra Foreknowledge and Free Will Fatalism The Bajoran Prop...
  • SPS 402 – Statistical Probabilities and Free Will

    Nov 11, 2013 | 13 min
    What does it mean to have free will? Do we have choices or are we all just actors reading lines determined long before our birth? We are using the Star Trek Deep Space 9 episode Statistical Probabilities to explore the question. Show Notes Stati...
  • SPS 401 – Occam’s Razor, Abduction and a Cloaked Bird of Prey!

    Nov 3, 2013 | 14 min
    How do you reason with incomplete information and how do you come up with the most plausible explanation? In this episode we look at Star Trek VI and the problem of a cloaked bird of prey. Show Notes Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Abduction/Inference to the Best Explanation William Occam Simplicty and Parsimony, including Occam's Razor Cold Case Christianity Blast Effect by Mike Koeing Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here Transcript How do you decide between competing explan...
  • Please vote for us in the 9th Podcast Awards

    Nov 1, 2013 | 2 min
    Please vote every day, November 1–15 to support us and your other favorite podcasts in the international Podcast Awards.
  • Welcome to season 4 – SPS400

    Oct 28, 2013 | 1 min
    Welcome back, you will notice that the number on the show has changed. This in part reflects a change to a new network, the Noodle.mx network. Also, there was a lot of old Sci Phi Show content and Daniel the network owner and I decided to renumber the old series as Season 1 & 2 and make the first season of the new show Season 3. So this will be season 4 and we will be back with weekly shows next weekend. feedback@sciphishow.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×20 – 1984 & Brave New World, Which is Worse?

    Aug 25, 2013 | 15 min
    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 picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×19 – Lying and Deception In the Pale Moon Light

    Aug 11, 2013 | 14 min
    When is it ok to lie? Does Wartime make it acceptable? Using the Star Trek Deep Space 9 episode In the Pale Moon Light we will have a look at questions of what makes behavior ethical. Show Notes In the Pale Moon Light, episode description The Dominion Romulan Star Empire Elim Garak Obsidian Order Dominion War Jem'Hadar Lying and Deception Consequentialism Utilitarianism Deontological Ethics Virtue Ethics Sound effect by Mike Koenig Transcript Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×18 – The Holodeck and the Happiness Machine

    Aug 5, 2013 | 12 min
    Would a life in the holodeck be worth it? Reg Barclay tries to live his life in one because it is safer than reality. Bellana Torres uses the holodeck to experience pain and suffering and feel truly alive. The political philosopher Robert Nozick offered a thought experiment along similar lines with an experience machine. Show Notes Hollow Pursuits Extreme Risk Reginald Barclay Holodeck Utilitarianism Is She Replaceable, The Sex Bot Discussion at Sunshine Mary and the Dragon Robert Nozick The Experience Machine YouTube Version Transcript Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Faceb...
  • SPS 1×17 – Are the Bajoran Prophets gods or Wormhole Aliens?

    Jul 29, 2013 | 14 min
    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 Youtube version Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×16 – Does Batman have any friends?

    Jul 22, 2013 | 12 min
    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 Grayson Catwoman Alfred Two Face Transcript Punch Sound Effect by CGEffex Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×15 – Rod Serling, Worth Watching

    Jul 14, 2013 | 11 min
    On this "Worth Watching", episode of the Sci Phi Show we take a look at American screen writer and television producer Rod Serling. A fascinating character that made an lasting and indelible impression on western culture. Show Notes Rod Serling on Wikipedia The Rod Serling Foundation Twilight Zone Overview Night Gallery The Purple Testament, Episode Overview> The Purple Testament on Daily Motion The Monsters are due on Maple Street, Episode Overview The Monsters are due on Maple Street on Hulu To Serve Man, Episode Overview To Serve Man on Vimeo You Tube Version of the Show Film projector sound effect provided by espectral Transcript Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have a...
  • SPS 1×14 – Time’s Arrow

    Jul 7, 2013 | 12 min
    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 Conjecture The Chronology Protection Case Stephen Hawking A Sound of Thunder Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×13 – 2081 and Equality

    Jun 30, 2013 | 13 min
    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 you see it and it is a wonderful short film. Show Notes The Website for 2081 FinallyEqual.com The text of Harrison Bergeron Social and Political Equality at SEP Dr Thomas Sowell's Website Anatole France Communism Socialism Free Markets Equality before the Law Transcript2081 Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphish...
  • SPS 1×12 – Can you survive being transported?

    Jun 23, 2013 | 13 min
    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, Second Chances Star Trek: Voyager, Tuvix Transcript Teleport sound effect by Mike Koenig Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×11 – I, Robot and Can Machines think?

    May 18, 2013 | 14 min
    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 Monism Neutral Monism The Turing Test The Chinese Room Robot Arm sound effect by Mike Koenig Transcript Youtube version Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or just leave a comment here
  • SPS 1×10 – Robert J. Sawyer, Worth Reading

    Apr 14, 2013 | 12 min
    It is time for another Worth Reading Episode. This time we explore the writings of Canadian Science Fiction author Robert J. Sawyer, a master of Sci Phi writing. Sorry the episode is a day late, there were all sorts of server issues, but thanks to the work of Mario, who designed the website layout, the show is now out. Show Notes Robert J. Sawyer's Website Intelligent Design Materialism Soul Fermi Paradox Drake Equation You See But You Do Not Observe by Robert J. Sawyer Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter Leave a comment on the Youtube page Or j...
  • SPS-1×09 – Starship Troopers & How to fight a war? Part 2

    Apr 5, 2013 | 14 min
    This time we will continue to explore the nature of warfare, looking at how to wage a war and how to conclude a peace on this episode of the Sci Phi show. We will continue to use Starship Troopers as the backdrop for this. Show Notes War at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Just War Theory on the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Massacre of US Troops during the Battle of the Bulge Just War Theory at the Catholic Encyclopedia JustWarTheory.com Operation Enduring Freedom Treaty of Versailles Transcript Worth picking up If you would like to contact me or have any feedback for the show please use one of the following sciphishow@gmail.com Sci Phi Show on Facebook Sci Phi Show on Twitter ...
  • SPS-1×08 – Starship Troopers & When is it ok to go to war? Part 1

    Mar 29, 2013 | 15 min
    The 1997 film Starship Troopers provides some interesting insights into questions about when it is legitimate to wage a war and on this episode of the Sci Phi Show we will take a look at different theories that answer these questions. IF you have never seen the Starship Troopers films, the films are fun although the second film is very forgettable and probably not worth bothering with. Show Notes War at the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Search and Rescue Just War Theory at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy Augustine of Hippo Thomas Aquinas Cicero Carl von Clausewitz The Mahabharata Grenade Explosion by Mike Koenig Episode Transcript Worth picking up If you would like to contact m...
  • SPS-1×07 – The Obselete Man & The limits of the state

    Mar 22, 2013 | 13 min
    On this episode of the Sci Phi Show we look at another Twilight Zone Episode, The Obsolete Man and explore the idea of, "What are the proper limits of government". This is a topic I find particularly interesting. If you have never seen this episode of the Twilight Zone, you can watch it below. Show Notes Totalitarianism Communism, Socialism and Fascism NHS denying care to the elderly Voluntaryism Libertarianism Anarcho Capitalism Mises institute Minarchism Walter Block The Privatization of Roads and Highways by Walter Block Founding Fathers of the United States Dystopia George Orwell author of 1984 Ayn Rand author of Anthem Aldous Huxley author of Brave New World Transcript Worth picking up ...

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