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Phil Plait destroys the earth

The Bad Astronomer has a TV show! Bad Universe:

I hope it gets to Australia before the Big One hits.

[Why can’t we do a philosophy show like this? Oh, wait…]


  1. We could do a philosophy show like this.

    One episode could examine the best methods for dealing with an outbreak of P-Zombies. Much gunfire and explosions would be used. Note that P-Zombies can be destroyed by head shots and decapitation.

    The next episode will deal with issues in the philosophy of science, including what to do when you are attacked by a horde of purple ravens, and if you are in a dark room with blue walls how not to be eaten by grues.

    Then we’ll have Johnny Depp in a special guest appearance in Curse of the Ship of Theseus.

    There’s plenty of material for a show on philosophy.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Get started on the script, while I find a producer…

      Just promise me that you won’t make Chalmers the presenter. Bastard’s way too camera-friendly…

      • thonyc thonyc

        Would that be Brett Chalmers the Australian Rules footballer?

      • jeff jeff

        No way you can compete with Chalmers hair. Well… maybe a gorilla suit.

        • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

          Nobody would see me…

  2. Kel Kel

    On BBC radio a short while ago, they had a two-part philosophy series about the trolley problem called “Would you kill the big guy?” It was done in a pretty accessible manner without sacrificing content.

    What I’d love to see actually is a video production of David Hume’s Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion.

  3. You could do a “live like Diogenes” reality show. If you’d include the masturbation in public bit, it would be a sure fire hit.

  4. Perplexed in Peoria Perplexed in Peoria

    It is hard to see how a philosophy show could fit in enough explosions to attract the attention of the proto-geeks. You guys don’t even demolish arguments anymore. You dissolve problems. Just doesn’t work on television.

    But Kel may be right about what might work. Dialogs. A series consisting of college bullsessions. Photogenic youth in a co-ed dorm struggling with the Big Questions. Throw in some humor, some character development, a little romance, and a good repertory cast, and you have something which just might be watchable. It would take some damn-good script-writing, though. And it can’t succeed if it seems preachy or partisan. So, Kel, as much as I like Hume’s “Dialogs”, I don’t think that something so one-sided will draw and hold an audience.

  5. anthrosciguy anthrosciguy

    That blowed up real good.

  6. Ribozyme Ribozyme

    Off topic, but it relates to today: I liked your Venice header (or banner, or whatever it’s called) better. The colors remind me of “zombie day” in Sb.

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