In this week’s news, Tim and Tom pick up on a story about an Ohio State researcher who examined the stereotypes about Christians and science, and how they might lead to self-fulfilling prophecies. In the arts, they look at the nature of film anthologies, and in history, they observe the anniversary of the arrival of the first Macintosh computer.
This week, Tim and Tom respond to a listener question about a recent physics conference that asks whether modern physics needs help from philosophy. In the arts, we talk about The Force Awakens, and what it means for the Star Wars franchise. And in history, we look through the list of federal holidays, and discuss where they came from, and whether or not some of them need to go. All that, and the magic numbers.
In this special edition of the show, Tom and Tim spend the whole hour talking about the Star Wars franchise. We begin by looking at the state of affairs in America prior to the first film’s release, then discuss the impact it had on our generation. Finally, we look ahead to the premiere of the next film, and discuss how the franchise has changed opinions about science and religion around the world.