The Joker and Jung’s Shadow

The Joker and Jung’s Shadow “I hope my death makes more cents than my life.” Ashley L. Whitaker R. D. Laing, well-known for his innovative approaches to working with patients diagnosed with schizophrenia, spoke of insanity as “a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world.” Fittingly, in an early scene from Joker, Arthur Fleck asks…

The Expanse and Philosophy

The Expanse and Philosophy “We Can Be Our Own Gods!” Jeffery L. Nicholas   In Season 3 Episode 1, “Fight or Flight,” the crew of the Rocinante change the name of the ship, partly to disguise themselves, to the Pinus Contorta. Prax, the botanist they picked up on Tycho, believes the name is fitting; “Pinus…

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…

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…