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Derek Lee (Humanities Initiative Dissertation Awardee)

When Oct 11, 2016
from 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM
Where 121 Borland
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Derek Lee, 2016-2017 Humanities Initiative Dissertation Awardee, Ph.D. Candidate, English Literature presents:

"Toward a (Meta)physics of Precognition: The Psitron in Paranormal Science and Literature"

In 1965, the psychical researcher Adrian Dobbs proposed a new model of mind based on the psitron, a hypothetical particle that was both the fundamental unit of human consciousness as well as a master key for explaining precognition. His work would influence epistemological and aesthetic inquiry into the paranormal mind for decades. This talk follows the trajectory of Dobbs’ theories from its origins in early twentieth-century physics, psychology, and occultism to the speculative fictions of Philip K. Dick and Alan Moore. Underwriting this genealogy of fantastical science is a reconsideration of scientific progress over time and the role literature plays in driving its theoretical evolutions.