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[Xmca-l] Re: The history of science fiction and imagined worlds



Yes Greg, that's the link to the Haidt TED talk. Thanks for posting it.

John 

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Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: The history of science fiction and imagined worlds

I thought the other tread was beginning to descend into "reality" more than
I care to (or perhaps worse, spiraling downward into the abyss of an
epistemologically-minded social constructionism - is there a there there?).

Seemed like good reason to soar in the imagination (yes, Mike, I know that
you prefer to invert that metaphor and "ascend to the concrete" - which
makes me wonder what you mean by "the concrete"? Reality? Or something
else? A "made real"?).

But I'd agree that it is on point with a "making"-oriented social
constructionism (trying to avoid using that awful word "ontological"?).

Anyway, I think this is the Haidt talk that John Cummins was proposing:
http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_on_the_moral_mind?language=en

I'm wondering if people are a bit fed up with the Ted talks since it can be
tough to find 20 minutes to watch/listen to a Ted talk and they can be hit
or miss.
But I would again strongly recommend the Saler talk I originally sent in
this email. I thought David Ke, in particular, would find it interesting
(or at least point out where it is wrong). David?
Others?
-greg





On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 6:59 PM, mike cole <mcole@ucsd.edu> wrote:

> I thought the other tread involved imagination as a central component,
> Greg.
> So not clear why this is a distraction. (Or am i in the wrong conversation
> here?).
>
> Can you find the Haight TED talk that was recommended to us? Perhaps the
> two talks will aid the discussion.
> mike
>
> On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 7:37 AM, Greg Thompson <greg.a.thompson@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Apologies for distracting from the "real world" discussions on the other
> > thread, but I came across this Ted talk and thought that others might be
> > interested in the history and role of imagined worlds in politics:
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUtErxgz7Mo
> >
> > But perhaps it is worth tracing otherworlds and "the otherwise" to works
> > such as those of Jonathan Swift, Laurence Sterne, and Rabelais.
> >
> > Seems like imagining other worlds has always been a deeply political act.
> >
> > -greg
> >
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