Talking Science Fiction - Its Popularity and Its Social Value - Part Two

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May 8, 2014 - LIVING A RICHER LIFE: with HEATHER SQUIRES, Author of “The Sphere of Archimedes” and VINCENT ALASCIA, Author ofUndead Heart"

THIS WEEK'S MESSAGE: Science fiction is a genre of fiction dealing with imaginative content such as futuristic settings, futuristic science and technology, space travel, time travel, parallel universes, and extraterrestrial life. It often explores the potential consequences of scientific and other innovations, and has been called a "literature of ideas." However, the conclusion of a recent study published in the Journal Science found that those who read, write and publish such literary fiction tend to perform better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy in reading body language or gauging what others’ might be thinking. Understanding others’ mental states is a crucial skill that enables enhanced social relationships.

During a special two episode series, Science Fiction Authors Jenene Scott, Heather Squires, Christopher Wilke, and Vincent Alascia join Life Changing Talk Radio Co-Host, Dr. Charlotte Grant-Cobb and explore the question: “What’s Really Driving Science Fiction’s Popularity?”

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