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Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy

Join an award-winning philosopher on an intellectual journey through time and space as you experience dozens of intriguing science fiction stories in film and TV.

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b********m
September 19, 2018
I am an enthusiastic Great Courses fan with over 100 courses in my bookcase and annual membership with Great Courses Plus. I have never previously commented on a course, good or bad, but I feel obliged to now. I just finished "SciPhy: Science Fiction as Philosophy". During the first six or so lectures, I found the content extremely educational and entertaining. The lecturer was engaging and will organized and overall I liked the course. During the middle dozen classes, he seemed a little long winded but i still rated the courses favorable. However, the last few lectures, when he discussed global climate change, overpopulation, abortion, religion and feminism, the lectures become radical right wing rants. He would introduce the the subject with a brief review of the movie and then forget it as he launched into his political leanings. He would stretch a thin veneer of "showing both sides" but provide only half the data of the conservative viewpoint and never tell the full story. It was very frustrating listening to his liberal viewpoints especially when his statements begged a follow up "what about this" question but which he ignored because it would wreck his bias point of view. An be warned, these 30 minute lectures generally stretched closer to 45 minutes on his soapbox. Lucky, I listened to this class via the GC Plus feature so the only thing I wasted was my time. I do wish Great Courses would warn ir subscribers that this particular class is more of a political statement than an educational vehicle.

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September 7, 2018

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d********m
September 3, 2018
This course should be expanded to at least 60 lectures. I dearly love the great courses plus but I believe there is a weakness in philosophy.

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