Tuesday, February 11, 2020

[Amazing Stories] Psychological Pitfalls in "The Great Divorce"

For my first Amazing Stories post since 2017, I've gone back to what once were my roots on that site: classic science fiction stories discussed in modern social science terms. This time, it's the speculative morality play The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis. As a lifelong Narnia fan who also enjoyed The Screwtape Letters, this book was an obvious pick.

See how our protagonist, who's on a mystical bus ride from Hell to Heaven, undergoes not only a spiritual voyage but also a voyage past his own psychological biases and heuristics.

Here's a screenshot of Amazing Stories's front page today:

The background picture is one I took from a rooftop patio on Richmond Street in Toronto.

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