Ep. 7 Notes (“California Love,” by Tupac [ft. Dr. Dre])

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The Song

“California Love,” by Tupac (ft. Dr. Dre)

“California Love (Remix),” by Tupac (ft. Dr. Dre) [NSFW]

And here are the lyrics.

Supporting Songs and Clips

“Macarena,” by Los del Rio

“Wash It All Away,” by Five Finger Death Punch

2014 BET Awards Acceptance Speech, Nicki Minaj

The Simpsons, s5e3, “Homer Goes to College”


Information on which I drew for this episode can be found at the following links.


The Wikipedia article for the song.

The Billboard Hot 100 charts for 1996.

The Billboard Top 100 Rap Songs 25th Anniversary Chart.

The Wikipedia article on Dr. Dre.

The Wikipedia article on J-Flexx.

Philosophical Sources

Martine Nida-Rümelin, “Qualia: The Knowledge Argument,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Ali Hasan & Richard Fumerton, “Knowledge by Acquaintance vs. Description,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Wikipedia’s article on enactivism.

Hubert Dreyfus, “Overcoming the Myth of the Mental: How Philosophers Can Profit from the Phenomenology of Everyday Expertise.”

Comments, Corrections, and Feedback

I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts on stories, as well as any comments or corrections you might have regarding the episode!


Featured image by Mat Weller

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4 thoughts on “Ep. 7 Notes (“California Love,” by Tupac [ft. Dr. Dre])

  • I’ve heard my take on why stories are important applied to just genre fiction, but I think it applies more broadly. It’s related to the idea of imparting knowledge and escapism, but with a different goal in mind.

    Stories (especially about people and places dissimilar than us) give the reader an opportunity to see experiences with a different perspective. In that way, some truth may be imparted.

  • My take on our being drawn to stories is a theological one: We are made of Word. As our words function together, stories are the natural outcome. As a result, we live in stories; without stories we do not live.

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