245. The Philosophical Mecha Panel at LonCon3

21 Dec

The robot, the human, and the inhuman, oh my!  Recorded at LonCon3 / Worldcon, this panel features David G. Shaw, Madeline Ashby, and Shaun Duke 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?

We hope you enjoy the episode!

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Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 245 — Download (MP3)


Show Notes:

Our new intro music is “Time Flux” by Revolution Void (CC BY 3.0).

That’s all, folks!  Thanks for listening.  See you next week.


One Response to “245. The Philosophical Mecha Panel at LonCon3”

  1. Yi October 12, 2015 at 8:20 am #

    [Arrives a year later] Re the end of the recording: I forgot to say it and it wasn’t clear at all when I started talking about it but the Monkey King story with the giant armored divinities is only a fan story.

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