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Join us as we explore our increasingly complex world and the astonishing place it is becoming.

Star Trek: Influencing Science and Culture is a celebration of lasting inspiration

Star Trek introduced us to new technology and surfaced issues that remain top of mind today. From runaway AI and eugenics, to the nature of perception and what it means to be human, the Star Trek journey was as much inward, as outward. Join us as we continue the exploration.

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Mission

The boundary between fiction and reality is no longer clear.

Fictional worlds, such as Star Trek, drive real-world innovation and inspire real-life careers. Liquid-metal artificial intelligences chase us around the movie screen, while simpler AI’s speak to us today through our mobile phones, navigate us around traffic, and turn the lights on and off at home. In the spirit of Jurassic Park, reputable science reports that woolly mammoths may again walk the earth. And at the same time CRISPR technology is putting evolution itself into the hands of men. Genetically engineered children and immortality itself will soon be on the table.

How do we think about this? What are the facts? How do we plan for ourselves or our families in light of all this?

That is the mission of LearningForASmallWorld. We strive to understand an increasingly complex personal, social, and scientific landscape. We are an experiment in lifelong learning. We are a global open community, a new team, seeking to understand the world we inhabit. We rely upon experts, upon science, and upon our community's critical thinking skills. There is no fake news here.

This is a place for seekers. Join us as we explore our strange world and the astonishing place it is becoming.

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"Join us as we revisit Star Trek's everlasting impact on the world."

When I was 6 years old, I became a Star Trek fan because of Captain James T. Kirk. I wanted to be the Captain of the Enterprise, and I still do. But I soon discovered what made Star Trek really special. It was smart, it was provocative, it was philosophical, it was exciting, it had something to say about the human adventure, and it depicted a positive vision of the future. Please join us, as we talk about these themes and so much more in the course.

Scott Mantz

Star Trek Course Co-Host, Film Critic, Producer

Bob Rebholz

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Every since I was about as old as I am in that photo, I’ve loved Star Trek. It’s been a privilege to bring this show to market. Now, as “Captain” of LearningforaSmallWorld.com, I’m excited about the mission before us and the worlds we’ll explore.

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The National Aeronautics and Space Administration does not endorse this course nor is NASA’s endorsement implied through the use of its images or videos within the course.

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