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Simone Ines Lackerbauer

Freelancer and Student, ProSiebenSat.1 Games


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Reading science fiction for a more critical view of our society?

15 minutes of your time to think about the next 100 years of humanity.

I am currently working on a research project where I try to prove that reading science fiction can help adolescents to develop a more critical regard of our society. What do you think?

How can science fiction serve as an educational tool for adolescents? Is it possible to analyze the dreams and fears of society with science fiction narrations? Can we encourage young people (13-16) to develop a more critical view of society by explaining society's problems in science fiction to them?

If you want to help me answer this question, I would like to invite you to fill out my questionary: http://bit.ly/sfqu2011 Please don’t hesitate to send me a message or to reply with your (critical) thoughts. If you want to find out more about my current research, here’s a brief explanation on my website: http://sinaspace.net/?p=368

Thank you very much!

PS: I just recognized a few typos and the question about the profession is listed twice. I am sorry about that. However, I don't dare to edit the form, since Google already overwrote my whole survey once.


Closing Statement from Simone Ines Lackerbauer

First of all, I would like to thank everyone for participating in my questionary. It has now been removed and I am currently working on analyzing the results. In total, 123 people took the survey and most of them probably came from the TED website, as it can be seen in the stats here: http://bit.ly/pqsf110603-2

The discussion here has been an amazing source of inspiration and it will also be a part of my analysis -- including the respective references of course, I do not intend to steal anyone's ideas :)

I will be trying to have my thesis published after it has been reviewed by my instructor (via GRIN.com), but if they deny it, I will publish it on my website, sinaspace.net -- it might just take a while, because usually, they need a few weeks to review what people upload there. The detailed results of the questionary will also be posted there.

Nevertheless, I would like to share the table of contents (*.PDF) with you -- in French, that is: http://bit.ly/pqsf110603

I'd be happy to continue the discussion, so if you want to add something, don't hesitate and send me a message via TED. Again, thank you very much for your participation -- be assured I will launch the next discussion with the next nasty questionary in October.

Oh, and one thing about the questionary: as you can see in my plan, I am discussing the relationship between the human being and the machine. I just wanted to say that the questionary is a paradox and was meant to be constructed the way you saw it (except for the errors I mentioned in my initial post, of course). What does that mean? It means that I meant to limit the way you can answer to *important* questions about values, fears or preferences -- with those scales that did not really make it possible to express a nuanced opinion -- to show how we act and judge or are classified by the rules of the code, as a source for a debate (without judging it). So everyone who criticized the questionary: thank you -- you were absolutely right.


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  • May 27 2011: Well, this is truly a creative initiative to bring in a relation between fiction and future via imagination. However, there are always some things that in never considered while writing science fiction. Forecasting rules out several important concerns like social stagnation, intellectual taboos, education system failures, public operation failure, etc. I do believe that such an attempt might give a very ideal scenario on the future, but to show the real scenario, lots of things are required to be considered to exact the calculation.

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