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Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Birth of Sci-Fi (PT 1)


The podcast is broken into three parts. You can skip ahead to the reading of the today's short story, or you can skip the short story and go to the discussion:

1) Introduction to Science Fiction and Hawthorne

2) A reading of Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

3) Discussion of Story

Do you really know what a scientist is? A literary genre brings up new and important questions. Questions critical for a society and for your own individual life. What are your limits? Can you go too far? Should you strive boldly or react tamely? These are a few questions Hawthorne and others addressed in the 19th century. In this episode (one of four) I will show you why it's important not to take words like scientist for granted and how our current society is still grappling continuously with these ideas. This is part 1 of 4. We'll be exploring 4 short stories, one for each episode. In each episode I will do a reading of the story, but I recommend reading it for yourself if possible. I recommend buying this book of Hawthorne's short stories. It has all the stories I'll be reading. Or you can read each on my website. Below is Dr. Heidegger's Experiment.

And here are the four stories we'll be exploring:

  • Dr. Heidegger's Experiment

  • The Birthmark

  • Rappaccinni's Daughters

  • The Artist of the Beautiful

DR. HEIDEGGER'S EXPERIMENT