Five College Consortium

Aliens: Close Encounters

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Cognitive Science

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Hampshire College
This course can be summed up as: everything you wanted to know about aliens but were afraid to ask (a scientist). The course will explore the topic of extraterrestrial intelligence from the perspective of several different fields. We will look at the history of UFO sighting claims and analyze the reliability of eye-witness testimonies, explore psychological and sociological reasons behind claims of alien abductions, and analyze the current state of the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) from the perspective of astronomy and planetary research. We will also examine how film and television have shaped our view of aliens in popular culture. We will conclude the course by looking at religions that have been inspired by UFOs and extraterrestrials.

Mind, Brain, and Information Physical and Biological Sciences Writing and Research

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Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
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Aliens: Close Encounters
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
1 4.0

Salman Hameed

06:30PM-09:20PM M

Franklin Patterson Hall WLH