The robot, the human, and the inhuman, oh my! Recorded at LonCon3 / Worldcon, this panel features David G. Shaw, Madeline Ashby, Shaun Duke, and Jade Ka discussing mecha, the self, and the other compelling philosophical questions raised by the very notion of mecha.
Here’s the panel description:
When is a giant robot more than just a giant robot? Many of the best and most famous anime — such as Evangelion, Gasaraki, or Flag — use the mecha as a tool to explore politics, philosophy, and the human condition. What is the conception of the human explored in such series, and how is it mediated by technological experience?
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Episode 245 — Download (MP3)
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