By Shane | Posted on April 9, 2008 at 10:58 am |

Yesterday out of the blue, a real life authorized author of a re-imagined series book, appeared on our forums. The author’s name is Jason T. Eberl (Under the name PhilosopherJedi) and he is the author of “Battlestar Galactica and Philosophy: Knowledge Here Begins Out There” and he contacted us so he can start a weekly discussion of philosophy questions regarding Battlestar episodes.

Yesterday he posted his first question in the forums as:

An apparently miraculous event occurs when a little boy (I’m blanking on his name: Derek?) is cured of a fatal viral encephalitis (I remembered that part!) after Baltar willingly offers his life in exchange for the child’s. Both Baltar and the child end up spared (thanks, as usual on BSG, to a kick-*** female).

David Hume (18th cent. Scottish philosopher) cautions us to be sceptical of apparent causal connections, and to be even more sceptical of reported “miracles.” So, given what’s presented in ‘He That Believeth in Me,’ should we say that a miraculous divine intervention occured, or just a fortuitous coincidence for all concerned (except Connor and his buddy)? And, a fortiori, what should we conclude about reported “miracles” in our world — both past and present?

People have already started replying back to his question, and he is actively participating in the discussion. This is really neat and a first for us. Because of his unique status we hope that you’ll treat him with the utmost respect when asking and posted questions to him. He is an honored guest to our forums. We will be laying down some in-house policy soon on how to deal with cast, crew, authors, etc. so they understand our obligation to them. (Who knows.. maybe more will show up.) He comes in at his own time to post, so give him the respect that you would give your own mother.

Also, for those who live in the Indianapolis area, he will be doing a book signing at the Barnes & Noble in the IUPUI Campus Center signing copies of the book as well as his book ‘Star Wars and Philosophy’ tomorrow between 11am and 1pm.

If you have any questions for him, head on over to the Battlestar Forum, register or login in, and post away. It takes about 3 minutes to sign up!

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