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Utopia is an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system. The term has been used to describe both intentional communities that attempt to create an ideal society, and fictional societies portrayed in literature. It has spawned other concepts, most prominently dystopia. Many books that deal with "utopia" are actually putting out a plot or message of a "false utopia".
Also see Dystopia
Also see Dystopia
Books That Surprised Me - Way Better Than I Thought They Would Be
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“ As I’m fond of saying, if you want to find utopia, take a sharp right on money and a sharp left on sex and it’s straight ahead. ”
“ The stupidity of people comes from having an answer for everything. The wisdom of the novel comes from having a question for everything....The novelist teaches the reader to comprehend the world as a question. There is wisdom and tolerance in that attitude. In a world built on sacrosanct certainties the novel is dead. The totalitarian world, whether founded on Marx, Islam, or anything else, is a world of answers rather than questions. There, the novel has no place. ”
[close] This January 19, 6-8 p.m. (MST), I am hosting a discussion on why we read and write science fiction. Like many voracious readers, I loved this field as a teenager, and I am sure the genre helped shape my thinking about the world. But then I stopped reading science fiction for many decades. This seems a common pattern. Now my own debut eco sci-fi about panpsychism and a Paleoterrific future, Knocking on Heaven’s Door (Yucca/Skyhorse Publishing), is just out, and I have five of the best science fictions from 2015 on my kindle, waiting and whispering to me in the night. My favorite recent sci-fi are Station 11 and The Water Knife. I think the genre is about to have a renaissance! Feel free to post your thoughts before or after the discussion date, although I will likely wait for that Tuesday.
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Set off on a daring and exciting adventure on the mystical lost continent of Dinotopia. Populate…more
[close] Set off on a daring and exciting adventure on the mystical lost continent of Dinotopia. Populated by both humans and dinosaurs, this utopian society thrives because of teamwork, peace, and understanding. Wander as a human down the awe-inspiring streets of Waterfall City or walk the elevated pathways of Treetown. Traverse the Rainy Basin as either a member of an armored caravan or one of the great carnosaurs that inhabit this dangerous place. Create your own adventure in this fascinating world!
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I feel there is the need for a forum where we can discuss literature. Not just rate books and sa…more
[close] I feel there is the need for a forum where we can discuss literature. Not just rate books and say how much we like them, but anything to do with literature, great authors, periods, social context, styles, influences, movements. If all the words tumbled from a famous tome, And could be carefully reassembled in the fullness of time, Who would be the best person to be sure, If the new work in hand was literature? (By Goodreads Author Amelia Stark) A united minority is stronger than a divided majority. (Quotation by Goodreads Author Adriano Bulla)
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Reading group for exploring concepts arising from the Coursera MOOC "E-learning and Digital Cult…more
[close] Reading group for exploring concepts arising from the Coursera MOOC "E-learning and Digital Cultures" Topics include: 1. humans, machines and animals 2. surveillance 3. communication technologies 4. ubiquity 5. open (and opening) education 6. human nature 7. the meaning(s) of learning 8. the evolution of information technology 9. the future of learning institutions (source: Coursera EDCMOOC2 digital artefact criteria) profile photo: Bird Houses by See-ming Lee: Birdhouses http://www.flickr.com/photos/seeminglee/2149309015/ ~ 'Twitter' chat member(ship) masthead photo: Fireworks 1 by Robbie Biller http://www.flickr.com/photos/robbie_biller/5940170219/ ~ Twitter chat activity visualisation
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