Episode 307: The philosophies of Descartes and Locke lay the ground work for Kant’s Phenomenal Consciousness—thoughts cannot be a mere succession of associated ideas. Philosophical discussions abound as Sage & Savant travel back to the court of Catherine the Great. They question whether physics can be (or even should be) removed from metaphysics. Get your philosophy on with this month’s episode.
Episode 306: Sage and Savant travel a thousand years into the future. What a different world they find themselves in with computers, AI, nanobots, and more–all things Dr Sage hungers to understand. Will she remember her own rules of time travel?
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The most comprehensive soundtrack yet, with over 40 minutes of music from the episode.
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Episode 305 part 2: Abigail is in her element, managing Charlemagne’s Menagerie, Professor Savant makes his intentions clear, and Dr Sage learns about SBMI.
A look at the statistics of downloads
We track how many downloads our episodes get, mostly because numbers fascinate me (Chip). It also gives our egos a nice boost when we see numbers going up.
The picture above is a look, season by season, of the average daily downloads the episodes received. It starts with 2017-18 (Season two) and tracks each month with the total downloads for all the episodes of the season and then divided by the number of days in the month and the number of episodes in the season. So, for example, October 2017, had 31 days, season one has 14 episodes, with an average of 6.12 downloads per episode per day. Season two averaged 9.65 in the same month, but they were only three episodes out and the latest episode always has more downloads than the rest.
Season Two has more downloads per episode than Season One through May 2018, as there was a new episode out each month. Then we get to June and July and the numbers flip (if only slightly). Season One has slightly more downloads per day per episode than Season Two. Why? Well, people start with episode one of Season one, but not everyone goes on to listen to the entire series. So, after the latest episode, episode one of Season One has the next highest number of downloads.
Thinking about that, we also monitor how the episodes do with regard to listener dropoff—those who don’t continue on to the next episode. We used to have about 75% of those who listened to episode one (in a given month) also listening to episode two. Then we remastered Season One for a better quality sound experience. Now we have roughly 87% listeners continuing on to episode two. We get nearly 95% listening to episode three and from there the numbers suggest listeners continue on through the podcast, at least through season one.
Again to the above chart, Season Two is getting slight less downloads per episode per day than Season One. Although you can’t see it in the chart here, Season Three has a significant drop off. The latest episode is still really strong, getting over a thousand downloads in the month, but the episodes from previous months are not getting as many downloads as Season Two. We’re watching this number to see if begins to increase as we get further into Season Three. Perhaps people want to binge episodes, and are waiting for us to get far enough into the season to make it a marathon this. It is also the holiday season. We saw a drop in downloads last November and December. So, there is definitely something seasonal in the decline.
Only time will tell.
Episode 305 part 1: Burned and scarred, Dr Sage is not daunted by pushing the bounds of her research. She is keeping secrets from her friends and finding convenient ways to stop them from interfering with her plans. What else could she possibly be hiding?
The soundtrack Episode 304: First We Practice To Deceive – Our adventurers travel back in time to Scotland during the clearances, so the music takes on a very Celtic feel.
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Episode 304: Are we caught in a time loop? No, it is just Dr Sage and her relentless quest for answers that make sense. Will she find them, or will she find herself stuck walking a long road with little hope at the end?
Mark Leslie lives in Hamilton, Ontario and has been writing since he first discovered his mother’s Underwood typewriter in the spare bedroom closet of the family home at the age of thirteen.
His first published short story “The Progressive Sidetrack” (1992) was a Young Adult humor story, and his first published horror story “Phantom Mitch” (1993) received Honorable Mention in Ellen Datlow’s The Year’s Best Fantasy &Horror.