November 7, 2010
(was 01.10.2010)

It's not quite the Manhattan that we're familiar with. "The New York Times" is available in a "War-Free Edition" and there are rumors of an escaped tiger on the prowl in the Upper East Side. This is the setting of Jonathan Lethem's critically-acclaimed new novel, "Chronic City." On this To the Best of Our Knowledge, Jonathan Lethem talks about the real and the unreal, as we explore the nature of reality. And we'll look at "The Simulated Universe" Argument. Is this the real life or is this just fantasy?

  1. Jonathan Lethem on "Chronic City"

    Jonathan Lethem's new novel is "Chronic City." The book has been described as a cross between the famous borough-centric New Yorker cartoon and the darkest episode of "Seinfeld."

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  2. Chuck Klosterman on the Unabomber Philosophy

    In an essay called "Fail," Chuck Klosterman examines the thinking behind the so-called "Unabomber Manifesto."

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  3. V. Vale on J.G. Ballard's World

    J. G. Ballard is considered a science fiction writer, but described his fiction as "picturing the psychology of the future."

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  4. Brent Silby on "The Simulated Universe"

    Brent Silby teaches philosophy in Christchurch, New Zealand and is the author of an article in "Philosophy Now" magazine called "The Simulated Universe."

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