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"Living Witness" and Historical Evidence. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 20 minutes 50 seconds Meta Treks hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling discuss historical evidence and the philosophy of history through the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Living Witness." Topics in this episode include weighing competing interpretations of historical evidence, reinterpreting accepted historical accounts, the relia...
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The Meaning of Life iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 17 seconds Perhaps the most fundamental philosophical question, the most important question of the human condition, is the question, "What is the meaning of life?" In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling explore competing philosophical theories about the meaning of life within the Star Trek universe. Topics cov...
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The Problem of the External World. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 1 second How can you know that the physical world you perceive around you is real and not an illusion, a dream, or a holodeck simulation? In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling debate the philosophical problem of the external world through the lens of Star Trek. Mike and Zachary discuss whether ...
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The Science/Religion Debate. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 41 minutes 23 seconds Star Trek is often interpreted to have a negative view of religion, in favor of a humanistic and atheistic vision of the future. In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling challenge the typical interpretation of science and religion in Star Trek, considering both the rationality of religious be...
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Consequentialism vs. Deontological Ethics. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 55 seconds In the Deep Space Nine episode "In the Pale Moonlight," was Captain Sisko justified in using less-then-honorable means to bring the Romulans into the war with the Dominion in order to end the war and save lives? Or were Sisko's actions unjustified because they violated universally valid moral rules and princi...
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Personal Identity. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 23 minutes 55 seconds As characters in Star Trek change over time (think TV Picard versus Movie Picard), what accounts for the persistence of those characters' personal identity? In this episode of Meta Treks, the continuation of a two-part discussion on the problem of identity in Star Trek, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison consider various re...
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The Nature of Consciousness. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 47 minutes 20 seconds What is the nature of consciousness and what is its relation to the physical world? In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison explore the many ways that the nature of consciousness is portrayed in Star Trek. Focusing on the "hard problem" of consciousness (how subjective experience arises out ...
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Exocomps and Artificial Intelligence. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 36 minutes 36 seconds Is it possible for non-biological beings such as androids, robots, or holograms to think? In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison explore the arguments for and against the possibility of artificial intelligence. Using the TNG episode "The Quality of Life" as a discussion springboard...
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The Prime Directive and "Symbiosis." iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 25 minutes 9 seconds In the first-season TNG episode "Symbiosis," Captain Picard cites the Prime Directive (Starfleet's noninterference policy, General Order #1) as justification for his solution to the conflict between the narcotics-peddling Brekkans and the drug-addict Ornarans. Is the relationship between these two races a naturally ...
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Klingon Virtue Ethics. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 26 minutes 56 seconds For Klingons, the key ethical question is whether one's heart is truly Klingon. In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison examine "Klingon Virtue Ethics," with virtue ethics being a distinctive form of ethical theory emphasizing desirable character traits over individual actions. Zachary and Mike de...
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In Theory. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 56 minutes 43 seconds The last person you’d expect to be looking for love on the Enterprise is Data. But that’s just what happens in “In Theory.” Well, Data wasn’t actually looking for love, but once it presented itself the prospect got its own subroutine … and the 1701-D became The Love Boat, filled with advice from corners both expected and not. In this epi...
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The Problem of Identity. iTunes | Stitcher | Download | RSS Running Time: 1 hour 15 minutes 22 seconds In this episode of Meta Treks, part one of a two-part discussion on the problem of identity in Star Trek, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling consider the metaphysical problem of identity over time as it applies to inanimate objects. As objects undergo changes over time, do they remain the same objects or do they become d...
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