What is Fiction? (ft. War of the Worlds) | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios

What IS fiction? That’s the question that popped into our minds when thinking about Orson Welles’ radio War of the Worlds performance, which set off a public panic of listeners who thought NJ was truly being attacked by aliens. Now those aliens didn’t really exist, since it was all pretend. But on the other hand, they did (and do) KIND OF exist. They can be described, referenced, and can have as much veracity to people as physical objects. And the worlds created in fiction can contain REAL things – cars, people, New Jersey. Can something both exist and not exist? Whoa. Maybe you should watch the episode.

PBSDS Set:
It’s OK To Be Smart – Science Fiction As Science Fact:


PBS Digital Studios – A Solitary World:

Jeffery Goodman footnote:
http://people.jmu.edu/goodmajx/Defense%20of%20Creationism%20in%20Fiction.pdf

Other Sources:
HG’s War of the Worlds – http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_War_of_the_Worlds
Orson’s War of the Worlds- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs0K4ApWl4g
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Fiction – http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/fiction/
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Modal Realism – http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/moral-realism/
Dale Jacquette – Meinongian Logic
Saul Kripke – Naming and Necessity
Alberto Voltolini – How Ficta Follow Fiction

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“Europe” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“Carry on Carillon” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Level 5: Room for the Homeless
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“Bouncy Castle” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
“:P” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Binaerpilot “Geeks”
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“Squarehead” by Roglok (http://www.roglok.net)
Chiptune – Kenzalol
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