Diet Soap Podcast #207: Difference and a Space Odyssey

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The guest this week is the pop philosopher Daniel Coffeen. Mister Coffeen is a recurring guest to Diet Soap and this week we discuss aliens, alienation, difference, 2001 and the Men in Black.

I want to thank Felix B for making a one time donation to the podcast and urge everyone who enjoys Diet Soap to consider pressing on the paypal buttons at dietsoap.podomatic.com. You can also follow me on twitter, friend me on Facebook, send me an email through my website (that’s douglaslain.com) or just wait for the visitors to bring me a message.

At the start of this episode Daniel Coffeen and I mention a critical outline/essay about Kubrick’s film 2001 that was written by Margaret Stackhouse when she was a junior at North Plainfield High School in 70s. The essay was originally published in Jerome Agel’s book “The Making of 2001.” Here’s an excerpt from her essay:

I. The monolith – source of infinite knowledge and intelligence

A. Perfection represented in its shape; its color — black —
could symbolize:

1. Evil and death, which result from man’s misuse of knowledge;

2. The incomprehensible — man, with his limited senses, cannot
comprehend the absence (perfect black) of color or light

Diet Soap Podcast #184: Think the Impossible

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The guest this week is Andy Marshall. Andy Marshall is a self described “philosophy kid” and a frequent contributor to Diet Soap. He is my co-host on the biweekly Diet Soap conversations on Talkshoe, the Diet Soap archivist (he’s been the one putting old episodes back onto the Podomatic page), and a moderating influence on the show and this week’s episode is an excerpt from a much longer conversation. You’ll hear another excerpt, this one on the subject of Nietzsche, next week, but this week we focus in on the idea of the impossible and touch briefly upon Deleuze.

You may have noticed that my Kickstarter project to fund a book and podcast tour in September is underway. The project is two weeks in, and halfway to the goal. At present there are 38 backers of the Think the Impossible tour. Thanks to Paul H, Yoshio K, Dan W, Cay, Eilidh B, Michael T, Jay G, Zackery M, Josh B, Francisco F, Scott, Davis D, Terry T, Edward, Charles H, Andrew F, Justin R, David B, and Conrad H.

If you like Diet Soap pledging to the Think the Impossible tour is a great way to support it.

In related news I’ve started a serialized audio version of my upcoming novel Billy Moon. It’s a freebie that I’m giving away through the Kickstarter campaign, and to I’ll post a link to the second chapter in this week’s show notes.
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Diet Soap Podcast #183: Hegel’s Serenity

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There is no guest this week except for my son Benjamin. He and I discuss the Joss Whedon 2005 film Serenity and the television series Firefly that spawned it through the context of Hegel’s dialectic.

It’s Wednesday, June 12th, 2013 and I’m Douglas Lain the host of the podcast.

You may have noticed that my Kickstarter project to fund a book and podcast tour in September is underway. The project is just one week in, and largely due to a large pledge from Andy M, I’m already over 40% toward the goal. At present there are 19 backers of the Think the Impossible tour. Thanks to Thom K, Thomas A, Trent W, MK Hobson, Shane S, Ashley F, Andy M, Derek D, Bradley C, Filippo V, James M, Sarah C, Randy S, Bob B, Jody, Will S, McKenzie Wark, Robert K, and Cameron Pierce.

If you like Diet Soap pledging to the Think the Impossible tour is a great way to support it.

In related news I’ve started a serialized audio version of my upcoming novel Billy Moon. It’s a freebie that I’m giving away through the Kickstarter campaign, and to I’ll post a link to the first chapter in this week’s show notes.

Again, this week’s podcast is about Hegel and the tv show Firefly. Ben was a good sport to participate. You can hear that he’s got a bit of cold but he just put his head down and powered through. The music you’re listening to right now is from the television show Firefly, it’s the theme for River’s perception, but in just a moment you’ll be listening to Ben and I discuss Hegel’s Serenity.
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Diet Soap Podcast #180: Hegel, Self-Conceit and Michael Bluth

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This week instead of an expert interview you’ll hear my son Benjamin and I discuss the television show Arrested Development, Hipsters, and Hegel. We cover the section on the Law of the Heart in Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and try to make sense of gibberish like this:

“This ordinance is the sphere of perversion. For in that this ordinance is the law of all hearts, in that all individuals are immediately this universal, it is a reality which is only that of self-existing individuality, i.e. of the heart. When consciousness therefore sets up the law of its heart, it finds itself resisted by others because it conflicts with the equally individual laws of their heart; and the latter in opposing it are doing nothing else but setting up in their turn and making valid their own law.”

You can also find me discussing similar subject over on Jason Horsley’s new website Crucial Fictions.

I’d like to thank my subscribers who donate monthly again. That would be John L, Andrew M, Jacob L, Tracy V, and Ted F. If you’d like to donate you can find the buttons at douglaslain.com and at dietsoap.podomatic.com but you might consider that my Kickstarter campaign for the Diet Soap Tour “Think the Impossible” is coming soon. There are many sound clips in this episode. There are clips of Arrested Development, Norman Mailer, Dairy Queen, Europe, and the youtube star Kazookeylele.

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