The 9pm Self-Heating Underpants of Death with philosopher Patrick Stokes

Patrick Stokes doing some thinking. (Supplied.)

The 9pm Autumn Series 2021 continues with philosopher, reprobate, and all-round cleverthinker Patrick Stokes. He’s also half of The Fake McCoys.

We talk about many things, including the joys of Denmark, Scott Morrison’s week of disrespecting women, the colour of fleas, the Australian way of fear, Sydney–Melbourne rivalry during the Quarantimes, Clive Palmer, Elon Musk, the Lost Boys of Daylesford, and quite a lot about the philosophy of death.

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  • My work sits at the intersections of the Continental and Analytic traditions, with research interests in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy, personal identity, narrative selfhood, moral psychology, death and remembrance, and philosophy of religion. A particular focus of my work has been bringing Kierkegaard into dialogue with contemporary analytic philosophy of personal identity and moral psychology, as well as exploring temporal and perspectival aspects of the question of selfhood.
  • A/Prof @DeakinPhilos. ABC radio, @TheNewPhil + more. Half @TheFakeMcCoys. Tolerated by @jesspdoyle. DIGITAL SOULS (Bloomsbury) out now: https://bit.ly/3t5tMW1
  • Social media is full of dead people. Nobody knows precisely how many Facebook profiles belong to dead users but in 2012 the figure was estimated at 30 million. What do we do with all these digital souls? Can we simply delete them, or do they have a right to persist? Philosophers have been almost entirely silent on the topic, despite their perennial focus on death as a unique dimension of human existence. Until now.
  • One of Australia's top police officers says some sort of app could form part of a possible solution to establishing positive sexual consent and tackling the growing sexual assault crisis. The app could allow users to digitally record sexual consent before being intimate.
  • Let’s face it: Technology hasn’t exactly been great for those who like to cheat on their spouses or significant others and then get away with it. According to research, the two most common ways that people get busted for infidelity are via text messages first, and emails second. But according to the recent account of British reality TV personality Nadia Essex, your smartphone isn’t the only type of technology you carry around that doubles as a smoking gun for extramarital activity. You can also catch someone cheating using a fitness tracker.
  • Growing concern about far-right extremists in Australia has led to the creation of a new federal inquiry, but the inquiry has revealed that one police force is out of step with our national security agencies. Today, Osman Faruqi on the emboldened far-right in Australia, and whether enough is being done to counter them.
  • Experts say Victoria Police is out of step as it likens the threat of right-wing extremism to its left-wing counterparts in its submission to the federal parliamentary inquiry on radicalism. By Osman Faruqi.
  • Wanna watch your PM tell us how lucky we are that women are allowed to protest without anyone shooting us? How good is not getting shot?
  • Peter Falconio was a British tourist who disappeared in a remote part of the Stuart Highway near Barrow Creek in the Northern Territory of Australia on the evening of 14 July 2001,[1] while travelling with his girlfriend Joanne Lees.
  • Søren Aabye Kierkegaard (/ˈsɒrən ˈkɪərkəɡɑːrd/ SORR-ən KEER-kə-gard, also US: /-ɡɔːr/ -⁠gor; Danish: [ˈsœːɐn ˈkʰiɐ̯kəˌkɒˀ]; 5 May 1813 – 11 November 1855) was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic, and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
  • The Good Place is an American fantasy comedy television series created by Michael Schur. It premiered on NBC on September 19, 2016, and concluded on January 30, 2020 after four seasons and 53 episodes.
  • The trolley problem is a series of thought experiments in ethics and psychology, involving stylized ethical dilemmas of whether to sacrifice one person to save a larger number. Opinions on the ethics of each scenario turn out to be sensitive to details of the story that may seem immaterial to the abstract dilemma. The question of formulating a general principle that can account for the differing moral intuitions in the different variants of the story was dubbed the "trolley problem" in a 1976 philosophy paper by Judith Jarvis Thomson.
  • Puce is the French word for flea. The color is said to be the color of bloodstains on linen or bedsheets, even after being laundered, from a flea's droppings, or after a flea has been crushed.
  • On a clear, cold Sunday in June 1867, three little boys wandered away from their home near the town of Daylesford, on Dja Dja Wurrung country in central Victoria.
  • Her research explores the poetics of both popular media and everyday life in contemporary American culture, focusing particularly on captivity narratives, themes of gender and class, and discourses of memory and trauma in American social life. Author of "The Resonance of Unseen Things: Poetics, Power, Captivity and UFOs in the American Uncanny", University of Michigan Press, 2016.
  • How to raise safe, self-reliant children (without going nuts with worry).
  • When George Thomas was eight he walked everywhere. It was 1926 and his parents were unable to afford the fare for a tram, let alone the cost of a bike and he regularly walked six miles to his favourite fishing haunt without adult supervision. Fast forward to 2007 and Mr Thomas's eight-year-old great-grandson Edward enjoys none of that freedom.
  • Where should an account of the virtues begin? In "Dependent Rational Animals", Alasdair MacIntyre argues that we should begin with those facts of vulnerability and disability, and of consequent dependence on others, to which moral philosophers have generally given insufficient attention, and with the animal nature of human beings - that which exhibits their kinship to members of other intelligent species. He argues that it is by reference to these that we become able to understand the part played in our lives both by the virtues of independent practical reasoning and by the virtues of an acknowledged dependence on others.
  • Instead of using the conventional method of training chat bots using conversations and material from a wide sample of users, Microsoft’s patent - as spotted by Ubergizmo - raises the possibility of creating a chat bot from the output of a specific person.
  • When her best friend died, she rebuilt him using artificial intelligence. [The digital recreation of the late Roman Mazurenko.]
  • Pepper's ghost is an illusion technique used in the theatre, cinema, amusement parks, museums, television, and concerts. It is named after the English scientist John Henry Pepper (1821–1900) who began popularizing the effect with a theatre demonstration in 1862.
  • "Be Right Back" is the first episode of the second series of British science fiction anthology series Black Mirror... The episode tells the story of Martha (Hayley Atwell), a young woman whose boyfriend Ash Starmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is killed in a car accident. As she mourns him, she discovers that technology now allows her to communicate with an artificial intelligence imitating Ash, and reluctantly decides to try it.
  • Elon Musk has a new title at Tesla: “Technoking.” The electric automaker announced the head-scratching sobriquet in a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday, along with chief financial officer Zach Kirkhorn’s new position as “Master of Coin.”
  • When twenty-year-old pilot Frederick Valentich vanished off the coast of Cape Otway in October 1978, his final transmission to air traffic control recorded him saying, “That strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering, and it’s not an aircraft”. These words caused a global sensation. Produced and presented by Patrick Stokes.

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