Episode 16 – Decker and Philosophy

Hard to Believe #016 – Kevin S. Decker – Pop Culture and Philosophy

Kevin S. Decker is a professor of philosophy at Eastern Washington University in Spokane, WA. In his classes, he works from science fiction, comic books, and other popular culture reference points to explore and explain concepts of philosophy to his students.

He has also contributed to and edited a number of books from the “…and Philosophy” series, including Alien and Philosophy, Star Wars and Philosophy, Star Trek and Philosophy: The Wrath of Kant, and Terminator and Philosophy: I’ll Be Back, Therefore I Am. He is also a devoted Whovian, and the author of Who is Who, an exploration of philosophy in Doctor Who.

For this episode, John is joined by Nico Vasilo, from CageClub podcasts .html and X is for Podcast

#3.10 – Some Personal News! Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

Today, we explore some personal news! Where has John been for the last month? Well, to explain the answer to that question, he decided to engage in his least-favorite mode of podcasting – the solo talk! This episode touches on some of the work he is currently doing researching the history of conspiracism and how it emerged into its current form, and sheds some light on what's ahead for the show (in short – it's not going away, but may well be a little wonky with scheduling…like today!)
  1. #3.10 – Some Personal News!
  2. Rerelease (July 2020): Kris Lane: Tulane professor of Latin American History on Christopher Columbus, Washington Irving, and the Toppling of Outdated Statues
  3. Rerelease: Steven Sabel – Bard to Believe – The Oxfordian Case for Shakespeare
  4. #3.9 – To Suffer the Slings and Arrows – "Shakey's Madness" with Robert Boog
  5. #3.8 – Ms. Marvel and the Muslim Superheroine – with Dr. Safiyya Hosein

New Episode Tomorrow (8/26): Kevin S. Decker “and Philosophy”!

Eastern Washington University philosophy professor Kevin S. Decker has written and taught extensively about philosophy and popular culture. He has been a regular contributor to various entries in the “….and Philosophy” series of books, and is also the author of Who is Who: The Philosophy of Doctor Who.

Nico Vasilo from X is for Podcast and .html joins the conversation.

Available tomorrow here or wherever you get podcasts!

Episode 15 – The Lovecraftian: S.T. Joshi

S.T. Joshi is an author, researcher, and scholar based in Seattle, Washington. Since the age of 13, he has immersed himself in studying and chronicling the life and works of the enigmatic and highly influential American author H.P. Lovecraft.

Since this month sees the release of HBO’s adaptation of Matt Ruff’s novel Lovecraft Country, I asked Joshi to speak to me about the author’s complex legacy on literature, philosophy, and atheism and how we should think about his problematic views on race.

Joshi, who proudly describes himself as “technologically inept”, can be found here: http://stjoshi.org/

He is the author of the superb biography I Am Providence

#3.10 – Some Personal News! Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

Today, we explore some personal news! Where has John been for the last month? Well, to explain the answer to that question, he decided to engage in his least-favorite mode of podcasting – the solo talk! This episode touches on some of the work he is currently doing researching the history of conspiracism and how it emerged into its current form, and sheds some light on what's ahead for the show (in short – it's not going away, but may well be a little wonky with scheduling…like today!)
  1. #3.10 – Some Personal News!
  2. Rerelease (July 2020): Kris Lane: Tulane professor of Latin American History on Christopher Columbus, Washington Irving, and the Toppling of Outdated Statues
  3. Rerelease: Steven Sabel – Bard to Believe – The Oxfordian Case for Shakespeare
  4. #3.9 – To Suffer the Slings and Arrows – "Shakey's Madness" with Robert Boog
  5. #3.8 – Ms. Marvel and the Muslim Superheroine – with Dr. Safiyya Hosein

Episode 14 – J.W. Rinzler

Rinzler is the bestselling author of The Star Wars, the Dark Horse Comics adaptation of George Lucas’s original draft for Star Wars.

He joined us to talk science fiction, science fact, and the possibilities of life beyond Earth.

Juhi Khemani takes guest co-hosting duties. You can follow her on Twitter @juhikhemani.

#3.10 – Some Personal News! Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

Today, we explore some personal news! Where has John been for the last month? Well, to explain the answer to that question, he decided to engage in his least-favorite mode of podcasting – the solo talk! This episode touches on some of the work he is currently doing researching the history of conspiracism and how it emerged into its current form, and sheds some light on what's ahead for the show (in short – it's not going away, but may well be a little wonky with scheduling…like today!)
  1. #3.10 – Some Personal News!
  2. Rerelease (July 2020): Kris Lane: Tulane professor of Latin American History on Christopher Columbus, Washington Irving, and the Toppling of Outdated Statues
  3. Rerelease: Steven Sabel – Bard to Believe – The Oxfordian Case for Shakespeare
  4. #3.9 – To Suffer the Slings and Arrows – "Shakey's Madness" with Robert Boog
  5. #3.8 – Ms. Marvel and the Muslim Superheroine – with Dr. Safiyya Hosein

New Episode Tomorrow (8/12): Bestselling author J.W. RINZLER

Tomorrow, Juhi Khemani takes her first turn in the co-host chair as we’re joined by author J.W. Rinzler, who discusses his life as Lucasfilm’s resident historian, his The Making of Alien, his new novel All Up, and why he loves sci-fi and the movies.

We also talk about whether or not he thinks we should believe in aliens (real ones).

All Up, a wonderful novel about the dawn of the Space Age, is available now.

The critically-acclaimed The Making of Alien, which came out last year and has since become regarded as one of the best “making of” books ever written, was recently made available at a discount on Amazon.

His follow-up, The Making of Aliens, is due for release on August 25th and can be pre-ordered now.

Rinzler also wrote the bestselling comic book adaptation of George Lucas’s original draft of Star Wars, The Star Wars, which is available as a bound graphic novel.

Episode 13! Cats! With Jess Collins

Egyptians really loved cats! Like, they would literally kill you over them!

Medieval Europeans, uh…often felt differently.

In an effort to bring some levity after a string of more “serious” episodes, John decided to investigate the history of the role cats have played in religion. Surely that would be an adorable story! Things got dark quick. Jess Collins (who really likes the movie “Kedi“) makes her second appearance to hear all the delightful cat stories.

SOURCE LINKS:

Tao Tao Holmes – “Ritualistic Cat Torture Was Once a Form of Town Fun” 

Joshua L. Mark – “Cats in the Middle Ages”

Irina Metzler – “Why Cats were hated in Medieval Europe”

#3.10 – Some Personal News! Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

Today, we explore some personal news! Where has John been for the last month? Well, to explain the answer to that question, he decided to engage in his least-favorite mode of podcasting – the solo talk! This episode touches on some of the work he is currently doing researching the history of conspiracism and how it emerged into its current form, and sheds some light on what's ahead for the show (in short – it's not going away, but may well be a little wonky with scheduling…like today!)
  1. #3.10 – Some Personal News!
  2. Rerelease (July 2020): Kris Lane: Tulane professor of Latin American History on Christopher Columbus, Washington Irving, and the Toppling of Outdated Statues
  3. Rerelease: Steven Sabel – Bard to Believe – The Oxfordian Case for Shakespeare
  4. #3.9 – To Suffer the Slings and Arrows – "Shakey's Madness" with Robert Boog
  5. #3.8 – Ms. Marvel and the Muslim Superheroine – with Dr. Safiyya Hosein

New Episode Tomorrow (8/5): CATS! (not the movie) with Jess Collins

Be sure to check out our new episode tomorrow. In an effort to bring some levity after a string of more “serious” episodes, John decided to investigate the history of the role cats have played in religion. Surely that would be an adorable story!

Things got dark quick.

Jess Collins makes her second appearance to hear all the delightful cat stories.

In the meantime, be sure to check out this collection of cat pictures from the Middle Ages!