E26: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Pt. 2 “White Speck of Dust”

This is episode 2 of 3 on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. In this episode we look at empathy as a human characteristic. Computers surpass human intelligence, emotions can be programmed, and empathy can be mimicked, but not recreated. Are androids better than humans? Well, they certainly aren’t human. We here at Food for Thought Police support all the Rick Deckards of this world, holding the line between human and android.

E25: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Pt. 1, “A Copy of Goldstein’s Book”

This is episode 1 of 3 on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. Counterfeiters have to lie, debunking tears the cover off (and that’s about it), and experience is a form of knowledge, though it can be faked. It’s interesting how much Dystopia relies on the Post-Apocalyptic. What does this book show about what it means to be human? Come along and let’s find out!

E24: Religion in Dystopia “Without Results and Without Hope”

In this episode, we look at religion in dystopia, focusing primarily on The Handmaid’s Tale and A Canticle for Leibowitz. Religion is pretty much always tough and unyielding, but it can give you a stiff spine to hold you up or prison bars to hold you in. Religion is an important part of being human, and we see one way it can go wrong and another way where it can help survival in post-apocalyptic dark ages.

E23: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Pt. 3 “The Earth Was Like Iron”

This is episode 3 of 3 on A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. In this episode, we cover part 3, “Fiat Voluntas Tua” (“let Thy will be done”), where humanity prepares to (and does!) destroy itself all over again and the monks prepare to send a colony into space to perpetuate the Church for the sake of the colonists on other worlds. Church and state will butt heads, but the Church must get on with things.

E22: A Canticle for Leibowitz, Pt. 2 “Had It Always Been Like This?”

This is episode 2 of 3 on A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr. In this episode, we cover part 2, “Fiat Lux” (or, “let there be light”) in which the human society reconstituting itself after the nuclear holocaust begins to do science again. We see the beginnings of church vs. state, sacred vs. secular conflict as human society is complex enough to start all that up again. Science is improving, but is humanity? Monks can do science, but should monks compete with secular scholars? What are monks for, anyway? Find out on this week’s episode!