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Science Fiction and Society

  1. 1. 1<br />Science Fiction and Society<br />How moral lessons in science fiction influence us.<br />1<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />Introduction<br />Science Fiction as Mythology<br />2<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />Introduction<br />Research Question<br />Does science fiction encourage pro-social behavior?<br />3<br />
  4. 4. 4<br />Introduction<br />Science Fiction vs. Fantasy vs. Religion<br />4<br />
  5. 5. 5<br />Introduction<br />Science Fiction as social commentary<br />5<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />What is Science Fiction?<br />“I know it when I see it.”<br />How is it unique?<br />6<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />What is Science Fiction?<br />Began with the Greeks.<br />Plato’s Republic<br />Other Examples<br />Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein<br />Oliver Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels<br />7<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />Why Science Fiction Matters<br />Symbiotic Relationship<br />“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.<br />8<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />Myth and Science Fiction<br />We still need mythology.<br />People needed to understand why things happen<br />Fire - Sunrise - Sickness<br />We still need to try and understand why things happen<br />Quantum Mechanics - Social Complexity - Emergent Behavior<br />9<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />Science Fiction Teaches Ethics<br />“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<br />Ethics = Philosophy = Science Fiction<br />10<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />Methods - Three Stages<br />Textual Analysis<br />Long Survey<br />Cultural Probe<br />11<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />Methods - Textual Analysis<br />Science Fiction TV<br />Science Fiction Movies<br />Science Fiction Literature<br />Other Ethical Sources<br />Christianity<br />Other Genres<br />12<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />Methods - Long Survey<br />Create Moral Maps<br />Progressive<br />Why that decision?<br />Who would you trust?<br />a) Captain Kirk b) Mahatma Ghandi c) Jesus Christ d) Madonna e) Jack Bower<br />13<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />Methods - Cultural Probe<br />Participant Journals<br />Open Ended<br />Three Groups<br />Different ways to participate<br />14<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />Possible Outcomes<br />A seemingly high number of people will be somewhat influenced by Science Fiction.<br />Family, Friends and Childhood Lessons will figure most prominently<br />Science Fiction will be prevalent in unfamiliar situations.<br />15<br />
  16. 16. 16<br />Thank You<br />16<br />

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