I like your teaching approach, and afeefolks have collectively gathered a great list of economically relevant film fictions.
The introductory quote of Daniel Quinn may indeed come at the beginning of every economics curriculum – and the moldability of human habits is every more underpinned not only by good old (original) institutional theory but by other modern sciences such as behavioral, psychological, brain and neuro-sciences.
I also like your approach telling students what economics IS and IS NOT. For what it is not, you might consider something like (I usually use that):
Economics is not a way of thinking along established everyday habits of thought, or what the ruling media tell us it to be. It’s not what we usually believe to see on the surface (the veil) of our daily experience.
Much success with your course!
Dr Wolfram Elsner
Professor of Economics, University of Bremen, Business Studies & Economics
iino – Institute of Institutional & Innovation Economics, http://elsner.iino.uni-bremen.de/de/.
* President, 2012-16, EAEPE—European Assoc for Evolutionary Political Economy.
* Adjunct Prof, University of Missouri-Kansas City, Doctoral Faculty, Economics Dept.
* Academic Member, Enterpreneurship and Innovation Center, School of Economics, Jilin University, Changchun, PR China
* Managing Editor, FSE—Forum for Social Economics, Taylor&Francis.
* NEW TEXTBOOK: MICROECONOMICS of Complex Economies. Evolutionary, Institutional, Neoclassical and Complexity Perspectives, Amsterdam, Boston et al.: Elsevier/Academic Pr., 2014, with T. Heinrich and H. Schwardt.
* Trust and Arena Size. Expectations, Institutions, General Trust, and Critical Population and Group Sizes, JoIE—Journal of Institutional Economics, 10.1, 2014, 107-134.
* Ed., Special Issue games, „Game Theory and Institutional Economics“, 2014.
* From Emergent Cooperation to Contextual Trust, and to General Trust: Overlapping Meso-Sized Interaction Arenas and Cooperation Platforms as a Foundation of Pro-Social Behavior, with H. Schwardt, FSE—Forum for Social Economics 44.1, 2015, 69-86.
* Social Economics and Evolutionary Institutionalism Today. Theoretical Components and “Heterodox” Convergence in a Socio-Economic Perspective, FSE—Forum for Social Economics, 44, 2015 (forthcoming); http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07360932.2014.964744.