The Golden Compass Ch 5-9

Caitlin, Anya, and Alan read Chapters 5-9 of The Golden Compass (The Northern Lights) by Philip Pullman. We talk about same-sex daemons, daemon sex, daemons giving away your emotions…. listen, we really like daemons! Also Astronomy, Freud, and Gyptians on the river.


‘Gypsy’ is a racial slur for Romani people who had an actual Scottish leader in England named Johnnie Faa in the mid 1500s.

What is Afro-Futurism? What is Binti?

Who is Galileo?

The Ptolemaic Planets are visible with the naked eye. William Herschel is given credit for discovering Uranus but it was his sister Caroline who first recorded it.

How does a Crookes Radiometer work? Here is a video from How Stuff Works.

Is a Magic 8 Ball real?? (Spoilers- no)

What is an Oblate?

What is Zoroastrianism?

Sigmund Freud thought everything was about penises? The framework of the Ego Ideal was Freud’s explanation for how children mature.

The Sensus Divinitatis is part of how we know there is a God, that the Bible is true, and what our place in God’s plan is- according to John Calvin.

The Chosen One Trope

The Secret Family Legacy Trope

What was Pullman’s trans-gender tweet scandal about again?

What is The Trolley Problem?

Our theme song is Clockwork Conundrum by NathanGunn

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