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  • 1. 1
    Science Fiction and Society
    How moral lessons in science fiction influence us.
    1
  • 2. 2
    Introduction
    Science Fiction as Mythology
    2
  • 3. 3
    Introduction
    Research Question
    Does science fiction encourage pro-social behavior?
    3
  • 4. 4
    Introduction
    Science Fiction vs. Fantasy vs. Religion
    4
  • 5. 5
    Introduction
    Science Fiction as social commentary
    5
  • 6. 6
    What is Science Fiction?
    “I know it when I see it.”
    How is it unique?
    6
  • 7. 7
    What is Science Fiction?
    Began with the Greeks.
    Plato’s Republic
    Other Examples
    Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein
    Oliver Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
    7
  • 8. 8
    Why Science Fiction Matters
    Symbiotic Relationship
    “Science fiction doesn't predict the future: its primary goal is to encourage public awareness and debate around the thresholds of scientific understanding. But, in doing this, it inspires the next generation of researchers and for better or for worse, it can become a kind of self-fulfilling prophecy.” - Dr. Henry Jenkins, M.I.T.
    8
  • 9. 9
    Myth and Science Fiction
    We still need mythology.
    People needed to understand why things happen
    Fire - Sunrise - Sickness
    We still need to try and understand why things happen
    Quantum Mechanics - Social Complexity - Emergent Behavior
    9
  • 10. 10
    Science Fiction Teaches Ethics
    “I am a fictionalizing philosopher, not a novelist; my novel & story-writing ability is employed as a means to formulate my perception. The core of my writing is not art but truth.” - Philip K. Dick
    Ethics = Philosophy = Science Fiction
    10
  • 11. 11
    Methods - Three Stages
    Textual Analysis
    Long Survey
    Cultural Probe
    11
  • 12. 12
    Methods - Textual Analysis
    Science Fiction TV
    Science Fiction Movies
    Science Fiction Literature
    Other Ethical Sources
    Christianity
    Other Genres
    12
  • 13. 13
    Methods - Long Survey
    Create Moral Maps
    Progressive
    Why that decision?
    Who would you trust?
    a) Captain Kirk b) Mahatma Ghandi c) Jesus Christ d) Madonna e) Jack Bower
    13
  • 14. 14
    Methods - Cultural Probe
    Participant Journals
    Open Ended
    Three Groups
    Different ways to participate
    14
  • 15. 15
    Possible Outcomes
    A seemingly high number of people will be somewhat influenced by Science Fiction.
    Family, Friends and Childhood Lessons will figure most prominently
    Science Fiction will be prevalent in unfamiliar situations.
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  • 16. 16
    Thank You
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