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Introducing the Philip K. Dick Philosophical Podcast

23 Oct

  Say that five times fast. For your listening pleasure Weird Fiction Records is bringing you their latest venture, the Philip K. Dick Philosophical Podcast. If you didn’t know Dick  , he was and remains one of the world’s greatest science fiction authors. Even if you don’t know him, his works continue to be adapted into films including Total Recall, A Scanner Darkly,Next,The Adjustment Bureau,Paycheck, Minority Report,Screamers and most notably Blade Runner. All of which after his untimely death at the age of 53 in 1983. The quality of these films in no way suggests the quality of his prolific writings. However the man was a fascinating character whose themes resonate greatly even today. Along with Ray Bradbury, there was no other author that captured my imagination the way that PKD did.  More details to come as soon as I get the word from the esteemed electronic wizard Senator J1m (Adam Hulbert) who will be one half the of the podcast duo, along with Phil Young, and will provide sweet electronic soundscapes to accompany this epic undergoing. I myself just drew the logo above, but I will have to chime in some future episode.

UPDATE: Head over to Facebook to join the PKDPP group page and here to subscribe to the podcast.

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4 Responses to “Introducing the Philip K. Dick Philosophical Podcast”

  1. terenceblake November 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm #

    Great logo, great idea for a podcast, great first episode! Congratulations.
    The story “Beyond lies the Wub” is a great one to begin with, and your discussion managed to show its richness. I have begun reading Dick’s “EXEGESIS” , which just came out, so I think your idea of a philosophical podcast is quite timely. I somehow missed out on PKD’s early fiction, so I read this story to be able to follow your podcast episode, and I’m glad I did. You did a good job of making explicit a lot of what is implicit in the story, so I just want to prolong your reflections a little. I think the Odysseus reference could be filled out in several ways. Odysseus does not rely on brute force like Achilles, but on intelligence, cunning, ruse. This is another case where we can identify the Wub with Odysseus, as against the Achilles-like Captain. Futher, Odysseus had the idea of the Trojan Horse, and now the Captain’s body is a Trojan Horse concealing the Wub and carrying it back to Earth.
    The eating of the Wub feels like a Eucharist scene, given that he talked about the parable of your Saviour, so “this is my body”; especially as it was accompanied by wine.
    Also the little introduction:
    ” The slovenly wub might well have said: Many men talk like philosophers and live like fools.”
    seems to be a reference to the Epicurean philosophers, who held pleasure as the highest good. They were compared to swine by their critiques, mere gluttons. According to John Stuart Mill:
    “When thus attacked, the Epicureans have always answered, that it is not they, but their accusers, who represent human nature in a degrading light; since the accusation supposes human beings to be capable of no pleasures except those of which swine are capable.”
    This seems to be the case in the story, where Captain Franco is the true swine (all he can think of is eating the wub, he has no care for its intelligence and culture, and so lives like a fool), despite his human body. The Wub is the philosopher despite his swine body (although he does take pleasure in eating too).
    As for the name “wub”, I think it may be a “nonce word”, coined to be used for the occasion, for the nonce. It resembles Lewis Carroll’s “wabe” in Jabberwocky, which Humpty Dumpty glosses as the grass around a sundial because it “goes a long way before it, and a long way behind it”. As there is “beyond” in the title, this suggests that the wub, which originated “way behind us” in time, lies “way beyond” us in evolution and mental capacity.
    Please excuse the long-winded comment, but I was quite inspired by your discussion. I am looking forward to the next episode. thanks and keep up the good work.

  2. Frank C. Bertrand November 18, 2011 at 12:44 am #

    Gave you a promo at Facebook PKD fan group site…As for what I’ve written since the late 1970s about Philip K. Dick, I have a “folder” titled “Encounters With Philip K. Dick” at
    http://www.scribd.com

    yours in kipple,
    fcb

    • Jeremy December 1, 2011 at 2:58 am #

      Sorry for the late reply, but greatly appreciate the promo and feedback!

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