Darwinia and Simulation

Darwinia and Simulation A World Virtually Akin to Ours Brandon Packard   Darwinia holds its own as a cult classic video game. In this game, Dr. Sepulveda has created a purely digital universe known as Darwinia. The inhabitants, the Darwinians, are self-learning pieces of code.  However, they have been bred and enhanced over so many…

Russian Doll, Fate, and Stoic Acceptance

Russian Doll, Fate, and Stoic Acceptance RK Taylor   The Netflix original series Russian Doll tells the story of Nadia, a video game programmer who repeatedly dies through a hodgepodge of unfortunate and inevitable circumstances. After each death, she wakes anew at the same point in spacetime: a bathroom during the night of her 36th birthday. After her…

Call for Abstracts: Black Panther and Philosophy

Call for Abstracts Black Panther and Philosophy Edited by Edwardo Pérez and Timothy E. Brown The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series   Abstracts and subsequent essays should be philosophically substantial but accessible, written to engage the intelligent lay reader. Contributors of accepted essays will receive an honorarium. While this volume will feature the signature…

Guardians of the Borderlands

Guardians of the Borderlands   Figure 1: Borderlands Gameplay By Brandon Packard One of the many endearing qualities of Borderlands is the diverse plethora of inhabitants on Pandora and its moon: everything from the dog-like skags to the aptly (albeit it literally) named spiderants.  Of all the different species, I would argue that the Guardians…

The Good Place and Philosophy: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts The Good Place and Philosophy Edited by Kimberly S. Engels The Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series Please circulate and post widely. Apologies for cross posting. To propose ideas for future volumes in the Blackwell series please contact the Series Editor, William Irwin, at williamirwin@kings.edu If you have comments or criticisms for the series,…