Aug 15, 2010 · 1:00 PM
Finding Philosophy in Science Fiction II
Science Fiction is rich with stories that explore classical philosophical questions and exploit timeless puzzles and paradoxes – testing the limits of what is knowable, the nature of time and paradoxes of time travel, the possibility of free human action, questions of life and sentience, questions about identity and morphing (changelings), origins and ends, belief and skepticism, journeys into space, mind and the mysterious, etc.
The Sci-fi genre has always held up a metaphorical mirror to the multi-varied world of possible futures. Probably much of Sci-fi’s "legitimacy" results from the fact that what was science fiction yesterday is turning into reality today. The implications of future technology can be amazing, and at the same time, quite scary. The genre explores these implications and offers a philosophical glimpse at ourselves, living in a strange world with different rules or advanced technology, but still facing the same perennial human dilemmas.
Join Plato’s Cave philosophers as together we probe the intriguing philosophical puzzles in your favorite Sci-fi books, movies and TV programs.
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Thoughts for discussion:
I may have a TV / DVD at Austin's so:
Bring a DVD of your favorite movie, locate a short clip ( < 5 min) and note the exact time; or, find a favorite Youtube clip that we can play through Austin wi-fi for discussion.
The Science Fiction book you would like to write:
Come prepared to describe the outline of a Sci-Fi / philosophical story that you would love to write (or read).
Steve, Plato's Cave Organizer