This is our fifteenth episode in our longer series on Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. Winston has a dream of his mother. Winston remembers his selfishness and how he abandoned his family during the Chocolate Incident. Winston and Julia have a conversation. They conclude that the Thought Police can’t get inside you — they can’t make you change what you feel. Your inner heart is impregnable. That’s a very nice thought. Dystopia CAN get inside you. It leaves you worse than you were before, but it CAN get inside of you. Soul force is not enough. You need a strong soul to resist.
This is episode 3 of 3 on The Children of Men by P. D. James. The first part of the novel is Omega. This is Alpha. The Five Fishes are snapped up one by one, a woman miraculously pregnant appears, and the sane people make a run for it so that the first birth in 25 years can happen humanly and not as a trophy event for the Warden of England. Along the way, there is a curious remix on the theme of the Holy Family. Come along for this week’s adventure!
This is episode 3 of 3 on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick. We look at what this book has to say in answer to the question, “What does it mean to be human?” While the book does not define humanity very thoroughly (it is more concerned with straining androids out of the human crowd), it does emphasize that we humans need to stick together. Once again, we here at Food for Thought Police express our fervent solidarity with all the Rick Deckards out there holding the line against the android menace.
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.