Lecturer: Ceri Shaw
Teacher bio: http://peoplescolloquium.org/teacher-bios/
During this lecture we will explore the notion that perception places constraints upon the imagination. With reference to the work of R. G. Collingwood and Thomas Kuhn we will discuss the idea that the imagination plays the same role in science itself as it does in science fiction . We will introduce the concepts of absolute presuppositions, paradigms and ‘critical states’. We will also explore the philosophical antecedents of Kuhn’s work and assess its relevance and importance to modern science, science fiction and philosophy. Consideration will also be given to the work of Mark Buchanan who asks the question “Why Catastrophes Happen” in his recent book ‘Ubiquity’.