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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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Jul 4, 2016

"Cause and Effect" and the Metaphysics of Time.  

In this 33rd episode of Meta Treks, "All Threes," hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison use the TNG episode "Cause and Effect" as the starting point for a discussion on the physics and the metaphysics of time. Zachary and Mike consider the core philosophical questions about the nature of time, such as ontology (whether the past and the future really exist), duration (why time moves at the rate it does), movement (whether there is a flow of time or whether events are fixed in time), linear time versus branching time, subjective time versus objective time, reconciling relativistic physics of time with quantum physics of time, and whether time is "out there" or imposed on reality by the mind.  

Chapters 
Welcome to Episode 33 (00:01:20) 
Initial Thoughts on "Cause and Effect" (00:04:39) 
Spacetime - Time is Malleable (00:14:32) 
The Physics of Time and the Metaphysics of Time (00:16:06) 
Four Dimensionalism - Do the Present and Future Exist? (00:24:42) 
Circumventing Einstein - Warp Drive and Relativity (00:26:22) 
Time and Ontology - The Past, the Present, and the Future (00:36:24) 
Movement through Time (00:38:54) 
Duration - The Arbitrariness of the Rate of Time (00:44:13) 
Quantum Entanglement and Simultaneity (00:49:03) 
The Direction of Time - Why Does Time Flow Forward But Not Backward? (00:55:17) 
The Branching Theory of Time (00:58:39) 
Subjective Time vs. Objective Time (01:08:02) 
Immanuel Kant - The Mind Structures Experience in Time and Space (01:11:17) 
Final Thoughts (01:22:00)  

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Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison  

Production 
Mike Morrison (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Charlynn Schmiedt (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)  

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