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Old September 4 2009, 05:15 PM   #1
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Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

I want my credit hours for time spent here!

At Georgetown University, you can learn philosophy through the lens of Star Trek for $4,827.

"Star Trek is very philosophical," the course description reads. "What better way, then, to learn philosophy, than to watch Star Trek, read philosophy, and hash it all out in class? That's the plan."

A couple of the questions to be considered are:
"I. Is time travel possible? Could we go back and kill our grandmothers? What is the nature of time?
II. Could reality be radically different from what "we" (I?) think? Could we be brains in vats?"
Foxnews slideshow link.

They have it as #2 in their list of the wackiest college courses you can take.
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Old September 4 2009, 06:28 PM   #2
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Re: Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

The Georgetown course listing, for those disinclined to click on a FoxNews link:

http://courses.georgetown.edu/index....rseID=PHIL-180
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Old September 4 2009, 06:36 PM   #3
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Re: Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

Oh for God's sake. Like clicking on a Fox news link is going to rot your computer from the inside out.
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Old September 4 2009, 09:41 PM   #4
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Re: Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

I can't believe Georgetown would actually allow a college course like this. It nowhere near covers the philosophy of Star Trek. There is no mention of Buddism, which is the core of the entire series.
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Old September 4 2009, 11:36 PM   #5
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Nerys Ghemor wrote: View Post
Oh for God's sake. Like clicking on a Fox news link is going to rot your computer from the inside out.
You never know. ;-)
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Old September 5 2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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Re: Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

Nerys Ghemor wrote: View Post
Oh for God's sake. Like clicking on a Fox news link is going to rot your computer from the inside out.

I clicked on it. I'm still here, but my computer desk is starting to lean.
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Old September 6 2009, 05:46 AM   #7
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I'd take that course for sure.
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Old September 6 2009, 07:18 AM   #8
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Re: Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

At Georgetown University, you can learn philosophy through the lens of Star Trek for $4,827.

A couple of the questions to be considered are:
"I. Is time travel possible? Could we go back and kill our grandmothers?
What episode was that in?


II. Could reality be radically different from what "we" (I?) think? Could we be brains in vats?"
I think that's from the listing for their "Futurama" course.
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Old September 6 2009, 09:10 AM   #9
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Re: Georgetown Univ. offers Star Trek course

Actually this is not the first Trek course I've heard of as being offered at a university. When I was in undergrad my university had a Star Trek and Philosophy course as well as a Star Trek and Modern Literature course.

No I did not take it, but I heard that they had low enrollment and the Professor literally gave out good grades if you didn't confuse Trek and Wars.
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