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  •  what if is great (4+ / 0-)
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    SpecialKinFlag, Kevskos, DuzT, SuWho

    for science fiction, but it really isn't what was or did happen, because in 1962, two relatively rational entities were facing each other knowing it meant the end of the world to over react, and both their populations knew it, too.  The movies dealt with that reality fairly well.  MAD was the name because people understood the reality.

    Now it is not even acknowledged publicly.  I think that because you say people are dealing with it constructively and intelligently is giving too much credit for too little over the last 42 years since 1962.   We've moved past so many tipping points, we've wasted so much time.  What is being done now, may in fact be too little too late, and is absolutely too little given the situation.

    Optimism is a great thing, but pushing fiction for reality, in these circumstances, not so great.

    •  Science fiction isn't supposed to be (0+ / 0-)

      fatalistic.  It's totally useless and masochistic if it is, and defeats the entire societal principle of science as a progressive endeavor.  

      Democracy is a habit, not a circumstance.

      by Troubadour on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 08:12:11 AM PDT

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      •  science fiction (3+ / 0-)
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        is whatever the author sees, it is not a constrained art form which must always be optimistic, always be the good guys wear white hats and win.

        Science is actually fairly neutral in many ways, and ought to be.   It should be a search for facts, to understand how things work and what is.  But it has always been corrupted by those who would avoid the facts, and its products misused to destroy rather than succor.

        I prefer optimistic stories, morality tales in which good triumphs over evil.   But I don't think anyone can or should dictate that science fiction is always optimistic.

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