Science Fiction and Politics, Courtney Brown, Emory University

Science Fiction and Politics, Courtney Brown, Emory University

Published by: Courtney Brown, Ph.D.
52 Episodes | First Released: Jan 19 '06
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rachydee
Aug 2 '18
Rating:   10
excellent

Do not miss the _Snow Crash_ lectures!

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Gaal Dornick
Jul 8 '18
Rating:   10
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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Music_Lv'r
Apr 7 '18
Rating:   8
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. It's Rare the Teacher whose Classes can be Lived out, through their Students.

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morganfitzp
Aug 24 '15
Rating:   6
...zzz

Good choices of subject matter, but the delivery is a bit sleepy.

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RickyGranger
May 17 '15
Rating:   2
Liberal Indoctrination

This guy offers nothing that goes beyond his liberal world-view

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Heresanewname123456
Mar 27 '12
Rating:   10
Wow!

So glad I found these. I've always been a fan of Scifi but not so much politics. Just started listening and they're a great way to gain a new perspective whether you're a scifi geek or a polisci major. Very interesting and entertaining... And definitely helping me gain more interest in politics.

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mbwebwe
Aug 16 '11
Rating:   8
I want go back to school & take this class

I'll keep this short. This is exactly why I read science fiction. It represents my world view and examines "us", possibilities, realities and strips away all the hedging and buffering of "the message". I would love to recommend Kim Stanley Robinson's Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars Trilogy - you could spend a whole semester on the issues in there.

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RJ1234
Mar 15 '10
Rating:   4
Interesting, But Seriously Left-Leaning

It is interesting to listen (in 2010) to the teacher discuss tax policy and apocalyptic warnings about the environment. Now, the current debt is skyrocketing and the credibility of environmental alarmism is plummeting.Anyway, Dr. Brown is very personable and knowledgeable. His presuppositions and politics are seriously left-leaning.

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RichHosford
Sep 8 '09
Rating:   10
Very interesting and insightful look at how literature and politics interact

I just started listening to this podcast (6 so far) and I am finding it very interesting. Professor Brown is insightful and offers good insight into how the science fiction books he has chosen for the course reflect and offer insight into political theory. I would strongly recommend this podcast to anyone interested in politics, science fiction or just good intellectual debate. Also, I disagree with the a previous review about the students. I think many of them ask good questions and even if some of their comments are a bit off topic, well, they are students. That is part of the educational process.

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tjk1976
May 3 '09
Rating:   10
Where was this professor when I was in college?!!!

Fantastic lectures.. great insight.. and WOULD be great discussions, but his students time and again let us down.
They have read the texts, but i don't think they have really grasped the meaning or soul of the books.
This is the kind of Prof. that you would corner after class and drag out to coffee just to pick his brain some more.
I wish he would go back and re-examine some of the earlier pieces (Neuromance in particular) with another class.

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