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Has there ever been a box office smash scifi movie with less cultural impact than Avatar?

We’re on our way to four(!) Avatar sequels, which is probably the same as number of people excited about Avatar sequels. It’s pretty striking, really, how quickly Avatar vanished from the public consciousness. The movie came out at the end of 2009, and in the years since, we’ve seen really no lasting attempts to keep the universe alive. There aren’t any Avatar toys, novels, or comics being sold...

002: Top 5 Video Games w/ Adam Bates

On today’s show, I’m joined by my friend Adam Bates. Each of us made a list of our top five video games of all time–and there’s only a couple of points of agreement. One of the games we talk about is Star Control 2. If you want to play it, there’s an open source, remastered version that’s totally free, called The Ur-Quan Masters. If you like the show, or want access to...

001: Why You Needn’t Obey the Law

Welcome to the very first episode of my show! I kick things off with a discussion of one of my favorite topics: the remarkable difficult question of whether we’re obligation to obey the law. Plus, I manage to work in a Star Wars reference. Here’s some of the books and other documents I reference in the discussion: David Hume, “Of the Original Contract” Town of Castle Rock v Gozales Robert Nozick...