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Westworld and Philosophy: The Mind Body Conundrum, Free Will vs Free Choice

Westworld and Philosophy: The Mind Body Conundrum, Free Will vs Free Choice

May 25, 2020

Westworld has a lot of philosophical and psychological themes and elements, and in this episode therapist Noga Ariel Galor joins Gil Kidron to breakdown how Westworld season 3 addressed the relationship between our bodies and our minds, how separate or integral they are to eacho ther, as well as the differences between free will and having a choice between options.

 


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Michael Jordan and The Last Dance: A Political Review

Michael Jordan and The Last Dance: A Political Review

May 18, 2020

The Last Dance, the Michael Jordan and Chicago Bulls Netflix documentary says a lot about the 1990s, as well as about today. Theo Gangi, Knicks fan extraordinaire joins Gil Kidron to talk about the political and social angle of the hit documentary series that chronicles the greatest basketball team of all time and the greatest basketball player of all time.

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Evaluating Daenerys’ Use of Airpower with Ret. Airforce Lt. Col. Dan Mosqueda

Evaluating Daenerys’ Use of Airpower with Ret. Airforce Lt. Col. Dan Mosqueda

May 11, 2020

 Daenerys Targaryen used the only planes on her planet to conquer Westeros, much like her ancestors did some 300 years before her. Gil Kidron welcomes Dan Mosqueda, a retired Lt. Col. from the US Airforce to talk about how realistic was her use of air power (i.e. dragons) compared to real world use of it, by American forces in conflicts around the world.

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Game Theory in Movies: A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Strangelove, WarGames, Fail Safe | History in Movies

Game Theory in Movies: A Beautiful Mind, Dr. Strangelove, WarGames, Fail Safe | History in Movies

May 4, 2020

When you interact with somebody else and you have to decide whether to cooperate with them or cheat them, the difference between the choices can sometimes be expressed in simple cost/benefit analyses. If we are generous with each other we might both reap the rewards. But maybe cheating is cheaper - unless you punish me for it. The mathematical analysis of these choices is called game theory.

When the cost of making the wrong choice is exceptionally high - such as in the case of nuclear standoffs - it is prudent to weigh the different options very carefully and hope that your opponent follows predictably similar logic. This is why game theory was widely applied in the context of the cold war.

In this review, Gil and Rutger explore four movies on this topic. A Beautiful Mind (2001) depicts the life and times of John Nash, one of the pioneers of game theory. Dr. Strangelove (1964) and Fail Safe (2000), based on the same book and basic plot, take nuclear retaliation to its horrifying logical extreme. WarGames (1983) shows that sometimes it is best not to play this game at all.


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