62: Dr. David Kyle Johnson on Free Will and Science Fiction

We talk about Mr. Spock, emotions, deliberation, neuroscience, changing habits, self-improvement, and finding meaning in life amidst content presented in his new online course ‘Sci Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy’ hosted by The Great Courses.

David Kyle Johnson is a professor of philosophy at King’s College in Pennsylvania who has three courses for The Great Courses: Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy (2018), The Big Questions of Philosophy (2016) and Exploring Metaphysics (2014). Academically he specializes in logic, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion. He has articles in journals such as Religious Studies; Sophia; Philo; Think; and Science, Religion and Culture.

Most of his articles are available for free on academia.edu. Kyle publishes prolifically on the intersection of philosophy and popular culture. He’s edited four books on the topic: the forthcoming Black Mirror and Philosophy, Inception and Philosophy, NBC’s Heroes, and Introducing Philosophy Through Pop Culture.

He’s written over 20 articles on Star Trek, Doctor Who, South Park, Tolkien, The Colbert Report, The Daily Show, Family Guy, The Office, and Battlestar Galactica just to name a few. He maintains two blogs for Psychology Today (Plato on Pop and A Logical Take), is the author of The Myths that Stole Christmas, and has an authors@google talk on Inception with over half-a-million views on Youtube.

Episode 62: Dr. David Kyle Johnson transcript by Justin Vacula on Scribd

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Dr. Johnson’s Acedemia page:

http://kings.academia.edu/DavidKyleJohnson

Dr. Johnson’s The Great Courses page:

https://www.thegreatcourses.com/professors/david-k-johnson/