Human Values Part I: Values Clarification What does it mean for humans to be a meaning-driven species? Does every new experience require each one of us to reconstruct the entirety of how we've made sense of our experience to date? Must we daily reinvent and reconstruct our understanding of the world?
Artwork by Sidney Harris. Introduction We are about to take up some of the more speculative topics, like space combat and star travel. To make things work, we will have to bend, and perhaps even break some of the theories of physics.
But you have to do it responsibly, remaining true to the spirit if not the letter of the laws of science. Otherwise your SF world will degenerate into a self-contradictory mass of putrid fantasy pathetically trying to cover up with scraps of ridiculous technobabble.
There is some good reading on this topic at StarDestroyer dot net. In particular beware of pseudoscience. There are a few areas where the problem crops up again and again. They are all where the theories of science are inconveniently preventing the writer from doing something they want, and the writer is getting petulant about it.
The most common ones are: In a recent thread on StarDestroyer. I suspect that most of these wannabe writers are getting their first introduction to 'putting the science in science fiction' in the format "you can't do that.
It's pretty depressing when every cool idea you ever have is getting shot full of holes, especially by someone who talks down to you.
At some point, the natural reaction is to say "F it, I'm never going to get anything done if I keep listening to this guy drone on about all the things I can't do! People can only juggle a limited number of important points in their head at a time; if you pile enough rules and confounding variables on them they start rejecting some of them simply as a defense mechanism.
So I think a lot of them are rejecting science because of a marketing failure; science is presented to them as a list of things they can't do. And the list is so long that they can't possibly remember all the rules, which makes it even more off-putting.
Talk to people about what they can do, or suggest what they should do, and they'll be less inclined to rebel against your advice than if you tell them they're wrong and dumb.
Most people prefer to be left with some ideas that are at least as interesting as the ideas that get shot down by the power of SCIENCE! Simon Jester Simon makes a very good point, one that I fret about since this entire website appears to be composed of "you can't do that.
Blogger Matterbeam is doing his best to come to your rescue. His blog Tough SF is full of analysis trying to find parameters for your science fiction universe that are both [A] reasonably scientifically accurate and [B] dramatically fun universes to set your stories in.
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John Keats's "La Belle Dame sans Merci" is a Romantic ballad that tells of the misfortune of a knight who falls in love with a maiden who is without mercy--"sans merci." Much like some ancient.
One significant difference between a value and a belief is that a value is typically chosen with intentionality and is therefore prized, cherished and publicly affirmed when appropriate. Beliefs, on the other hand, generally operate much more outside of our awareness.
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