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May 1, 2019

"Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a pool cleaning robot, or whether I am now a pool cleaning robot, dreaming I am a man." -RoboZhuangzi

This week we're discussing the Canadian Classic, Cube! This movie really exemplifies the concept of "kafkaesque", and we're joined by the amazing Cecil of Cognitive dissonance to unpack this tricky concept. We also dive into the idea of social conditioning as its own kind of prison, and the cosmic horror of there being no "them" behind it all. It gets a little voidy, not gonna lie.


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Recent appearances: We may have gone a whole week without guesting somewhere. That's a weird feeling and we're not super into it, so help us out and find us some fun places to talk fun things!

Aaron is also going to be on a panel at NECSS this summer in NYC discussing mutant ethics. Come do some nerdcore philosophy!

CONTENT PREVIEW: We're gonna put another show on the jenga tower of suggestions we keep making and talk about the show Humans and how it does an amazing job getting into the ethical realities of realistic AI entities in our everyday lives. We won't spoil anything beyond the first episode but good luck not getting hooked.