The Greatest Movies Ever Made about Personal Identity

About This Episode

Who is the real you? What happens to your identity when your body gets cloned or reconstituted with all the same memories and character traits? Does society construct our true selves or repress them? Can we ever escape our pasts and become different people?   Dave thinks conceptual analysis and arousal measuring devices can solve all these problems but allows Tamler his dream of temporarily becoming the host of a movie podcast. They list their top 5 favorite movies about personal identity. Plus, do they have to eat still more crow--this time from Sam Harris?       


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Tamler's Top 5

5. Fight Club
4. A Clockwork Orange
3. Infernal Affairs
2. Moon
1. A History of Violence

David's Top 5

5. Blade Runner
4. Vertigo
3. Looper 
2. Groundhog Day
1. Back to the Future

Honorable Mentions

  • Solaris (Russian version)
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Memento
  • My Fair Lady
  • All of Me
  • Zelig 
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
  • Spirited Away
  • The Prestige
  • Shutter Island
  • Unforgiven
  • Side Effects
  • Any Star Trek Movie

Episode Details

December 30th, 2013

1 hr 21 mins

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