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ENGLISH 3D03 Chapter Notes -Mind Control, Antimicrobial Resistance, Star Trek


Department
English
Course Code
ENGLISH 3D03
Professor
Anne Savage

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ALIENS AMONG US? ALIENS FROM WITHIN?
WE AND ‘OTHERS’
1. Or ‘I and ‘the other not myself. For selfhood, we distinguish ourselves from
other beings. That Other has also a social role as the excluded being, the one not
‘ourselves. It, or they, is outside our identity. Excitement, curiosity, fear/ terror,
disgust, and hatred we find it in myth, religion, social behaviour, law, fiction,
and science.
ALIENUS SOMEONE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY.
2. A legal term. But the term has extended its range off world in science fiction,
opening up the mythological possibilities of strangeness beyond the rules of life
on earth, and beyond the imagination, to speculation about actual life in the
universe.
WHAT IF
3. they want our world and its resources or to eat us, or replace us? (Independence
Day, Alien)
4. they are more intelligent, or older and wiser, and can save us from ourselves?
(Star Trek)
5. they’re here already, and we haven’t noticed? (Invasion of the Body Snatchers,
bacteria)
6. our cruelty and stupidity are offensive to them and we must be exterminated, or
we’re in the way and must be exterminated? (Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)
7. they can’t be bothered to notice us? (Rendezvous with Rama, 1972)
8. they want our world and its resources or to eat us, or replace us?
(Independence Day, Alien)
9. A projection of our awareness of our species at its worst: conquest, destruction,
greed conquest, slavery, exploitation. What if theyre like us at our worst?
10. What if they’re here already, and we haven’t noticed? (Invasion of the Body
Snatchers, bacteria)
11. Damn, they could have been doing anything to us! Making us smarter (The
Church of Christ Cosmonaut, Chariots of the Gods) or keeping us stupid (The
Matrix).
12. Turning us into an energy source (The Matrix) or a colony of workers, or taking
us occasionally for food, or abducting us to conduct anal probes and
brainwashing. (Common knowledge among some humans)
13. they are more intelligent, or older and wiser, and can save us from ourselves?
(Star Trek)
14. Theyre not like us, don’t have our failings and vices. What if we don’t measure
up, are ashamed but they can show us the way to redeem ourselves?
15. What if/ if only there were Others who had figured out how to live without our
self-created problems!
WHAT IF OUR CRUELTY AND STUPIDITY ARE OFFENSIVE TO THEM AND
WE MUST BE EXTERMINATED, OR WE’RE IN THE WAY AND MUST BE
EXTERMINATED? (HITCH-HIKER’S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY)
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