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Science Fiction and Politics Class, Courtney Brown, Emory University.
It has long been known that science fiction often seeks to foretell future technological developments.
But it is also true that much science fiction foretells social science, and it can offer explicit commentaries on the political and social evolution of our societies.
Isaac Asimov's depiction of the new science of psychohistory, Fritz Lang's biting critique of human society in his science fiction movie "Metropolis," and H.G. Well’s similarly powerful perspective on social and political development as portrayed in his novel "The Time Machine," are just a few examples.
This seminar examines the role of science fiction as a powerful vehicle for social and political commentary, especially as it relates to the evolutionary tendencies of human societies.

Science Fiction and Politics, Courtney Brown, Emory University Courtney Brown, Ph.D.

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Science Fiction and Politics Class, Courtney Brown, Emory University.
It has long been known that science fiction often seeks to foretell future technological developments.
But it is also true that much science fiction foretells social science, and it can offer explicit commentaries on the political and social evolution of our societies.
Isaac Asimov's depiction of the new science of psychohistory, Fritz Lang's biting critique of human society in his science fiction movie "Metropolis," and H.G. Well’s similarly powerful perspective on social and political development as portrayed in his novel "The Time Machine," are just a few examples.
This seminar examines the role of science fiction as a powerful vehicle for social and political commentary, especially as it relates to the evolutionary tendencies of human societies.

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28 Ratings

28 Ratings

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One Lecture - I Subscribed!

One Lecture—a Novel, by Marge Pearcy(sic)—and I Subscribed.

For a Teacher, any age, using the "Socratic Method," not providing the Answers—just Encouraging, Challenging Questions—BOTH: Teaches the Student, in this case, essential skills in "Critical Thinking," they'll carry for Life; Also, allows the Students to "dig inside" their OWN Minds, for the Answers. In other words: This Professor is Teaching his Students "HOW-TO...Fish," rather than Giving them, the Fish—a Lifelong Skill.
"Left or Right, Green or Libertarian" have NO Relevance to what Literature is all about—we must first be Taught Discernment, (not "Brainwashable")—in order to Think for Ourselves. Moreover, to form One's Own Opinion, it must be that We Have The COURAGE, in the Strength of Our OWN Understandings of Life, to attain a Well-Rounded/Well-Developed, Personal Paradigm, which is the only way our Own Ideas/Ideals, lead to Better Decision-Making, in Our/Others' Lives.
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Gaal Dornick ,

Truly excellent

As “Gaal Dornick,” the first named character in Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy, there’s no way I can avoid leaving a review. As someone who teaches Science Fiction and *Philosophy*, I likewise feel compelled.

The podcast—which just is a recording of the class—is excellent. He’s a fantastic teacher. While I disagree on some of the interpretation, and as a philosopher would go *much* more slowly through the ideas, I very much enjoyed this. A+ for sure!

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