***SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS*** Picard enlists his frenemy Raffi, bad-boy Captain Rios, and our fav Dr. Anges Jurati to finally engage in his space adventure. Dr. F*ckboy seems to only exist in a state of sexy-danger-flirting, even with his sister...? Soji plays Tarot-Cataan with a Romulan-ex-Borg mythologist, as Chateu Picard gets invaded by goons. Join us as we discuss all this and more!
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The Paradox of Tolerance
In 1945 Philosopher Karl Popper wrote in The Open Society and Its Enemies:
Less well known is the paradox of tolerance: unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them.—In this formulation, I do not imply, for instance, that we should always suppress the utterance of intolerant philosophies; as long as we can counter them by rational argument and keep them in check by public opinion, suppression would certainly be most unwise. But we should claim the right to suppress them if necessary even by force; for it may easily turn out that they are not prepared to meet us on the level of rational argument, but begin by denouncing all argument, because it is deceptive, and teach them to answer arguments by the use of their fists or pistols. We should therefore claim, in the name of tolerance, the right to not tolerate the intolerant. We should claim that any movement preaching intolerance places itself outside the law, and we should consider incitement to intolerance and persecution as criminal, in the same way as we should consider incitement to murder, or to kidnapping, or to the revival of the slave trade, as criminal.
Much more recently, this comic went all around the internet, and we like Skepchick's take.
The Tragic Sense of Life
The Tragic Sense of Life is the book of philosophy Captain Rios is reading when we meet him.
“The truth is that reason is the enemy of life.” Regarded as Spain’s most influential thinker, Miguel de Unamuno was a prolific writer of novels, essays, poetry, and plays. Tragic Sense of Life, published in 1912, was his most important philosophical work and is now generally considered one of the great existential texts of the 20th century—as provocative a work in its own right as anything written during the post-war period by Sartre, Camus, or Heidegger. In it Unamuno rejects the life of reason for one of intense passion, faith, and love, establishing Don Quixote as the great role model for contemporary man. — Amazon description
You can get it for free via Project Gutenberg. Or pay $0.99 to get it on Kindle (definitely not an affiliate link... yet?)
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This week on, We watch TNG so you don't have to:
That episode where Picard goes back to Chateau Picard and immediately gets a job offer -- check the privilege! It's called Family. Also, Jean-Luc and his brother mud wrestle in it.
Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression - and the Unexpected Solutions is a very insightful book which Becca highly recommends. It outlines 9 causes of Depression, only one of which is biological, and really expanded her understanding of her own mental illness.
There you are, Hugh!
Now that Hugh's back, it's a great time to (re)listen to our episode The Borgeousie.
Becca references one of her favorite shows, Killjoys. In this case, she's postulating that Freecloud (where our heroes are headed at the end of this episode) is akin to Killjoys's Utopia which the character John Jacobis describes thusly, "Sex, drugs, meds, and tech. Everything illegal and freaky... is for sale in Utopia."
Is this what Freecloud looks like?
Socialism in the Military
We talk about the US military being an example of socialism. Here are a few people who agree with that take!
The US Military Is a Socialist Organization via The Nation
Military Life is Socialism and I Love It via Military.com
Troops of the Uniform Unite! The Military Is a Socialist Paradise! via The Daily Beast
He finally said it!