Beyond IQ

Science, Philosophy, and Rationality: Bringing Light to His Dark Materials - PART 2 - The Subtle Knife

  • 17 Jun 2019
  • 05 Aug 2019
  • 15 sessions
  • 17 Jun 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 20 Jun 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 24 Jun 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 27 Jun 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 01 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 03 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 08 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 11 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 15 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 18 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 22 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 25 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 29 Jul 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 01 Aug 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
  • 05 Aug 2019, 4:30 PM 5:30 PM
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Dark Matter.  The Multiverse.  Milton's Paradise Lost. 

His Dark Materials, a series by Philip Pullman, ties these themes together, alongside concepts of family and betrayal, experimentation, friendship, magic, innocence, and so much more.

This class extends on the thinking we built together in Scientific and Rational Thought & Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.  Together we will read through the trilogy: The Golden Compass (or Northern Lights), The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.  We'll explore the ideas, big and small, challenge ourselves to bring rationality to it, but also to see deeper into the literary and theological allusions.

Part 2 travels deeply into the multiverse and investigates ideas around dark matter.  We'll be supporting this text with outside material on the science discussed, and consider for ourselves whether the multiverse theory is truly scientific.

A syllabus is forthcoming.  This book has 15 chapters - so I expect most days will require one chapter of reading.  There will likely also be outside reading assignments and opportunities for learners to produce related work.


Please note that the week of July 4th, we will meet on Wednesday, July 3rd, rather than Thursday.

Thanks for continuing being a part of this, as we stretch to ideas that challenge many scientists!

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