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Title: USES OF DECEPTION: PERSPECTIVES ON MAGIC AND SCIENCE
Description: While deception usually has negative connotations, scientists and performance magicians use it in service of truth, justice, and entertainment. With deception as its unifying theme, this seminar explores similarities and connections between magic and science (practices that are more often treated as opposites and historical antagonists). Topics include: social fictions and lying in everyday life; objectivity as a social construct (or—the relationship between truth and trust); misdirection in performance magic; legitimate and illegitimate deceptions (e.g., placeboes) in the sciences; the tangled histories and present day alliances of science and magic; and generally, the social uses, ethics, and politics of practices that rely for their effectiveness and value on insider/outsider distinctions sustained by deliberate disconnections between “appearance” and “reality.”
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Name: Rena Lederman
Email: lederman@princeton.edu
Online Course: No
Affiliation: Princeton University (Anthropology Dept)
Field: Cultural
Material Type: Syllabus
Course Level: Intermediate
Student Type: Undergraduate
Class Size: Up to 20
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