S2 E20: The Uplifting Nihilism of Rick and Morty


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The four of us at Loud Murmurs are beyond excited to welcome back Season Four of Rick and Morty (Nov. 10 airdate) with our very own two-part special. We take a deep dive into the world of R&M with four guests through five episodes

In Part 1, Izzy and Diaodiao sits down with physicist Zhichen Zhao, and another physicist philosopher Chentong Lu, to discuss three of our favorite episodes: A Rickle in Time, Auto Erotic Assimilation, and, (drumroll please), Picke Rick!

We cover off on some of the following themes:

  • Our physicists attempt to convince the hosts not to take the science shown in R&M too seriously, then proceeds to explain concepts such as alternative universes and Schrodinger’s cat
  • We analyze how ‘Auto Erotic Assimilation’ employs the concept of freedom in political philosophy, and how R&M constantly brings up philosophical concepts and dismisses them within a five minute span
  • Nihilism! (How fun!)
  • If everything means nothing, all cakes are just atoms in the end, why do we still live our lives, love our loved ones, and do good deeds? What’s the point of it all?

As always, thank you for your support and stay tuned for Rick and Morty Part 2!

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