I’ve started a discussion of Inside Job by Connie Willis in the Skeplit forum.
In preparation to read this book, I thought it would be interesting to talk about the presence (or absence) of skeptical characters in literature. Feel free to discuss here in the comments if you don’t participate in the forums, but please NO SPOILERS in the blog comments!
Here’s the message I posted in the forums. (BTW, when Rebecca gets the new site software installed, we’ll be able to integrate the discussions better, so I won’t have to do separate blog and forum postings. For now, I’ll keep posting in both places, because different people seem to participate in each.)
Hi all. Has anyone started reading Inside Job by Connie Willis yet? If not, you still have time to nab a copy at the bookstore or library and catch up because it’s a short book.
Here are a few questions to get a discussion started:
Which is more important for skeptics to build a reputation: fiction or nonfiction? Which has more of an impact on the perceptions of the general public?
In your answer to the previous questions, does your definition of fiction include movies, or just novels and written stories?
Are skeptics, atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, (insert the name you like best), adequateley represented in fiction?
When skeptics etc., are included in fiction, are they represented fairly?
What other novels have you read that have main characters who are skeptical?
I’ll have more discussion questions specifically about Inside Job over the next weeks.