Daily Notes on Literature, Pop Culture & Media, and Academia

Scientific Fact vs. Science Fiction

Posted by litdaily on September 23, 2010

In my composition class yesterday, my students discussed the power of narratives.  The context of the class is “posthumanism” and biotechnology, and our primary text is Francis Fukuyama’s Our Posthuman Future.  Since the debates regarding biotechnology center on ethics and morality, stories that examine biotechnology become essential for understanding the possible cultural and political effects of science.

It was interesting to see how many of my students believe that narratives are an essential part of understanding biotechnology and science. While half of them did find it valuable, the other half wanted just “facts” about science.  I thought more of my male students would be interested in science, however, that was not the case.  I was glad to discover that my gender assumptions were wrong.


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