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Meta Treks: A Star Trek Philosophy Podcast

Meta Treks is a Trek.fm podcast dedicated to a deep examination of the philosophical ideas found in Star Trek. In each episode, Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison take you on a fascinating journey into the inner workings of Star Trek storytelling, deeper into subspace than you've ever traveled before.
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Dec 26, 2016

Enterprise Season 3 - Essential Trek Philosophy.  

Season three of Enterprise, with its Xindi story arc, is firmly situated in the post-9/11 era, concentrating principally on the ethics of justified warfare as a response to acts of terrorism. In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling discuss the philosophical themes and their top picks for Essential Trek Philosophy from season three of Enterprise. From consequentalist considerations about preemptive strikes to duplicate crew members and issues of personal identity, season three of Enterprise balances global political relevance, a season-length story arc, and episodic treatment of more abstract philosophical issues.  

Chapters 
Welcome to Episode 52 (00:01:06) 
2016 Retrospective (00:02:12) 
Initial Thoughts on Enterprise Season 3 (00:11:47) 
Similitude (00:14:58) 
Chosen Realm (00:25:48) 
North Star (00:37:53) 
E2 (00:45:04) 
Twilight (00:53:18) 
Honorable Mentions (00:58:13) 
Final Thoughts (01:07:35)  

Hosts 
Mike Morrison and Zachary Fruhling  

Production 
Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)  

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Dec 5, 2016

Scientific and Medical Ethics.  

In Deep Space Nine, we learn that the Bajoran scientist Dr. Mora Pol helped Odo achieve his full potential as a sentient, shape-shifting life form. Odo, however, carried deep-seated resentment for his initial treatment under Dr. Mora and for some of Dr. Mora's more invasive research methods. In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison discuss issues of scientific and medical ethics in Star Trek, including whether one is ever justified in causing harm to another living being for benefit of that being itself, for the benefit of other living beings, for a society's greater good, or for the sake of increasing scientific and medical knowledge.  

Chapters 
Welcome to Episode 51 (00:01:07) 
The Four Stages of Odo and Dr. Mora (00:02:25) 
Sentience, Suffering, and Informed Consent (00:05:21) 
Competing Ethical Theories on Scientific Research (00:13:56) 
The Cardassian Factor - Comparing Dr. Mora Pol with Dr. Crell Moset (00:24:46) 
Virtue Ethics - Clinical Detachment and the Ethics of Care (00:33:09) 
The Evolution of Dr. Mora - From Scientist to Loving Father (00:39:23) 
Emotionally Attached Doctors in Star Trek - McCoy and Pulaski (00:54:17) 
Comparison with Commander Maddox and Data (00:56:06) 
Final Thoughts (00:58:12)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison  

Production 
Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)  

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