An exploration of the future through amazing short science fiction stories, a radio drama, and a novel.
Before a major advancement of science occurs, the ideas of the future are often fantasized about by authors.
As we read classic science fiction we create a time chart of fiction vs. reality. Placing the major discoveries of the ages in a time sequence allows students to understand the place of philosophy, poetry, and literature in the process of readying the mind for discovery. “What dreams may come...” when we endeavor to dream of the future is at the heart of this course. What once were considered heresy are often now considered the standard, indisputable laws of science.
In this survey course of international scientists we uncover ancient knowledge that “swerved” our culture into new areas of understanding, as well as into modernity. As we read about scientists we begin to form an opinion about what it takes to move our understanding of the world forward. What are the positive aspects of the nature of scientists that make them successful? How do they deal with failure in order to gain their major and profound successes?
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