The Briar Patch: A Star Trek Socioeconomics Podcast

The Briar Patch is a podcast from that uses Star Trek as a springboard for the discussion of socioeconomics. Hosts Guinevere Liberty Nell and Patrick Devlin take you into the exploration of societies, political theory, economics, and more through a Star Trek lens.


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The Evolution of Society and Culture.

Star Trek shows us many societies and cultures, and we see how the Prime Directive attempts to protect them from contamination. But it isn’t always possible to avoid contact with another culture, and episodes such as “Blink of an Eye” and “Who Watches the Watchers” illustrate how a society can be changed by a single event. And episodes such as “Workforce,” “Samaritan Snare,” and “Tapestry” show how how memories can affect a society or an individual.

In this episode of The Briar Patch, hosts Patrick Devlin and Guinevere Liberty Nell discuss how social and cultural evolution is addressed in Star Trek and how the franchise approaches the question of who should have a say in what happens within a society.

Intro (00:01:04)
Theory of Spontaneous Order (00:01:54)
Technology Ties into Culture (00:09:20)
Evolution in One Episode (00:09:45)
An Accident that Creates a God (00:14:30)
Enlightenment (00:30:34)
Memories (00:38:05)
Individual Look Over Society (00:51:40)
Final Thoughts (00:56:11)
Closing (01:02:48)

Guinevere Liberty Nell and Patrick Devlin

Guinevere Liberty Nell (Editor) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Ken Tripp (Executive Producer) Norman C. Lao (Associate Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Brandon-Shea Mutala (Patreon Manager)

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 November 19, 2017  1h8m