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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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Jun 12, 2017
Future Human Cultural Evolution with Patrick Devlin.  

In the Star Trek universe, the cultural progression of alien races is remarkably deterministic, as cultures proceed from their own versions of the stone age, to the bronze age, to the industrial age, and culminating in warp-capable civilizations that are fully fledged members of the galactic community.  

But what reasons do we have for thinking that our own diverse human cultures will progress along the path laid out for us in the Star Trek universe? What are the different possible trajectories of future human cultural evolution? And what are the different causal factors that produce cultural change over time (societal, political, technological, or otherwise)?  

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison are joined by Meta Treks associate producer Patrick Devlin to discuss future human cultural evolution, both inside the Star Trek universe and in our own world today.  

Chapters 
Intro (00:02:12) 
Welcome to Patrick Devlin and Initial Thoughts (00:01:20) 
Is Cultural Evolution Predictable? (00:02:06) 
Ebbs and Flows (00:10:39) 
Possible Trajectories (00:14:13) 
Mechanisms for Cultural Change (00:25:20) 
"Blink of an Eye" and Cultural Progress (00:28:56) 
Thought Bubbles (00:36:52) 
Death is the Best Invention of Life (00:39:18) 
Vulcans and the Struggles of Reason (00:40:22) 
The Ba'ku and Post-Warp Society (00:47:22) 
From Consumers to Makers (00:50:52) 
External Change vs. Internal Change (01:03:31) 
Final Thoughts (01:10:56) 
Closing (01:22:39)  

Hosts 
Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison  

Guest 
Patrick Devlin  

Production 
Mike Morrison (Editor) Zachary Fruhling (Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Patrick Devlin (Associate Producer) Kay Shaw (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)
Aug 29, 2016

Return to Tomorrow.  

In this episode of Meta Treks, hosts Zachary Fruhling and Mike Morrison continue the discussion from The Ready Room episode 201 about the Original Series episode "Return to Tomorrow." Zachary and Mike discuss the core philosophical themes of this TOS episode, including mind-body dualism, trans-humanism and future evolution, dependence on technology, sensualism and physical embodiment, and this TOS episode's commentary on religion and the afterlife.  

Chapters 
Welcome to Episode 39 (00:01:06) 
Initial Thoughts on "Return to Tomorrow" (00:02:06) 
Synopsis of "Return to Tomorrow" (00:10:21) 
Mind-Body Dualism (00:14:28) 
Trans-humanism and Future Human Evolution (00:18:47) 
Dependence on Technology (00:28:09) 
Sensualism and Embodiment (00:35:29) 
Oblivion and the Afterlife (00:44:16) 
Risk is Our Business (00:59:53) 
Final Thoughts (01:06:44)  

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 Elizabeth Janeway (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager)  

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