Dark Mirror’s USS Callister: A Star Trek Story

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Jesse Plemons, right, in the “USS Callister” episode of ‘Black Mirror.’ Netflix Having grown up on Star Trek and the Twilight Zone, I really enjoyed Black Mirror episode ‘USS Callister.’ Being a philosopher, I rather enjoyed reading various thought pieces on the work and decided to add my own tribble to the heap. If you have not seen the episode, there are obviously spoilers ahead. Much like the brilliant Star Trek lampoon Galaxy Quest, ‘USS Callister’ begins with what appears to be a Trek clone overstuffed with overacting and delightful cheese. Captain Daly, a Kirk-like figure, leads his diverse and adoring crew in a battle against a Khan like villain (complete with a recreation of a scene from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan). Under the slice of cheese is a true horror: The USS Callister is within a virtual reality game controlled by Robert Daly and the other “players” are self-aware digital clones of his co-workers. Daly has powers in the game comparable to. . .

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Emily Rolfe Grosholz. Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis in Mathematics and Cosmology.

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GrosholzEmily Rolfe. Starry Reckoning: Reference and Analysis in Mathematics and Cosmology. Studies in Applied Philosophy, Epistemology and Rational Ethics; 30. Springer, 2016. ISBN 978-3-319-46689-7 (hbk); 978-3-319-46690-3 (ebk). Pp. 187.

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Editorial

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This issue of Philosophia Mathematica marks the end of twenty-five volumes of the journal’s third series. The other editorial in these volumes was in the first issue. In it I explained why such a journal as this is needed – no change there – and made a number of acknowledgements. Among those were to the members of its new Editorial Board, of whom a number remain whose twenty-five years of work should be acknowledged now:

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