Using sci-fi’s metaphors, ideal types, and counterfactuals to consider our real-world problems, old and new. Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, a science fiction novel much beloved of geeks, has special resonance among those who imagine themselves as visionaries using advanced knowledge to transform society for the better. When the SpaceX rocket launched in early 2018, its unusual payload even included a copy of the Foundation series as a symbolic gesture.
science fiction, pedagogy, fiction, futurism
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NAQVI, Ijlal, "Beware of geeks with good intentions" (2018). Research Collection School of Social Sciences. Paper 2533.
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