Alienating the Audience

The Ethics of Holodeck Sex Romps and AI in Star Trek

What’s Star Trek’s take on Artificial Intelligence, and how do Aristotle’s virtue ethics govern Data? Also if the holodeck can summon AI’s, and they are indeed sentient, is it ethical to sleep with them? John Krikorian of “Trek Profiles” and Alexandra…

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Isaac Asimov’s Robots are Smarter than Whales

What do we learn about humanity when gazing through the optical sensors of a robot? Did Isaac Asimov write a novel where the end of humanity begins on a planet full of Libertarians? Ryan McGary joins for a full-throttle Isaac Asimov discussion, from…

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The Twilight Zone’s Nostalgic Cold War Bunker

Tim Sandefur joins Heaton on the podcast’s kickoff episode to dissect The Twilight Zone, and how Rod Serling’s fascination with nostalgia, the Cold War, collectivism, and totalitarianism made the most iconic scifi/horror show in American history.

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P1 What Bladerunner Is Actually About

Ben Domenech joins Heaton to discuss “Bladerunner,” “Bladerunner: 2049” and the book which inspired both, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” by Philip K. Dick. 

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P2 The Economics of “Dune”

Spice is a metaphor for oil. Arrakis is the Middle East. Ben Brockshmidt joins Heaton to discuss all things dune–the economic, political, and historical influences which shaped Frank Herbert’s scifi universe.

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P3 Cold War Kirk vs. Picard the Moral Relativist

Tim Sandefur joins Heaton to discuss the philosophical differences between Star Trek TOS and Star Trek The Next Generation. Gene Rodenberry and his contemporaries lived through World War II and the Cold War, and believed in clear right and wrongs….

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P4 The Politics of Star Wars

Stephen Kent is the host of “Beltway Banthas” and joins Heaton to discuss the politics of Star Wars.

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P6 Regarding Batman’s Political Affiliation

Is Batman a Libertarian (wealthy, gizmos, works outside the law) or something else? Which superheroes would be Democrats? Any Republicans afoot? Comedian and Marvel aficionado Megan Sass joins Heaton to discuss.

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P7 Star Trek vs. The Orville

Former Congressman Dan Maffei joins Heaton to discuss: Is the “The Orville” more Star Trek than Star Trek, or just a knockoff? 

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