Learning for a Small World

A place to explore science, culture, and imagination.

What People Say
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Start Trek member
As a Star Trek historian and pop culture researcher, I have read everything I can find about Gene Roddenberry's game-changing series. I jumped at the chance to take this course and found it truly inspiring and well done. Thanks, Learning for a Small World. The Great Bird of the Galaxy would be proud!
Eliza Thomas
Star Trek historian and pop culture researcher
Science fiction dreams the dream, and then science goes out and tries to accomplish it. And that’s true whether it's a technology that Star Trek dreamed up or some other. We were able to create, and our creations were able to influence the direction and form things took, because of all of those brilliant young minds who watched the show and decided to become engineers or software designers.
Robert Picardo
“The Doctor"
In a world and culture that often tells some individuals what is not possible, Star Trek at its best can give everyone inspiration and hope for the future. That is worth celebrating AND studying.
Start Trek member


The boundary between fiction and reality is no longer clear.

Fictional worlds, such as Star Trek, drive real-world innovation and inspire real-life careers. Liquid-metal artificial intelligences chase us around the movie screen, while simpler AI’s speak to us today through our mobile phones, navigate us around traffic, and turn the lights on and off at home. In the spirit of Jurassic Park, reputable science reports that woolly mammoths may again walk the earth. And at the same time CRISPR technology is putting evolution itself into the hands of men. Genetically engineered children and immortality itself will soon be on the table.

How do we think about this? What are the facts? How do we plan for ourselves or our families in light of all this?

That is the mission of LearningForASmallWorld. We strive to understand an increasingly complex personal, social, and scientific landscape. We are an experiment in lifelong learning. We are a global open community, a new team, seeking to understand the world we inhabit. We rely upon experts, upon science, and upon our community's critical thinking skills. There is no fake news here.

This is a place for seekers. Join us as we explore our strange world and the astonishing place it is becoming.