Monday, April 09, 2012

Science and SF Tidbits: April 9, 2012

Some of the science and SF links originally posted on Google+ , Twitter , and Facebook this week:

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Science and the Arts
  • Jonah Lehrer, science fiction writer | Gene Expression | Discover Magazine
    Will increasing creativity mean mankind's demise?
  • The neuroscience of Bob Dylan's genius
    But how is brain activity reflected in our brain's activity?
    "Every creative journey begins with a problem. It starts with a feeling of frustration, the dull ache of not being able to find the answer. When we tell one another stories about creativity, we tend to leave out this phase of the creative process. We neglect to mention those days when we wanted to quit, when we believed that our problems were impossible to solve. Instead, we skip straight to the  breakthroughs. The danger of telling this narrative is that the feeling of frustration – the act of being stumped – is an essential part of the creative process."
  • Cambridge Ideas - Bird Tango (YouTube)
    A dance inspired by Darwin.
    "By day Professor Nicky Clayton researches the social behaviour and intelligence of birds but by night she is an accomplished dancer. Recently, Professor Clayton has been encouraged by Rambert Dance Company to merge the two passions by becoming their Scientist in Residence....."
  • The music created by your brain waves could score a horror film
    The video:
    "Brain waves are picked up from the parietal and frontal lobes, then sent by radio waves to the motherboard, which converts the radio waves into a wave pulse that is output as sound."
  • Do science fiction and fantasy cause recurring dreams?
Looking at the Future
  • TEDxBrussels - Rudy Rucker - Beyond Machines: The Year 3000 (YouTube)
    Rudy Rucker's vision of the future:
    "As in his novel "Software" where computers 'preserve' the human brain, a so-called 'life box' database remains which keeps our memories alive. These machines however cannot substitute humans as our minds perform more physical and biological processes, where artificial intelligence only relies on inferences."
Interesting Bioscience
Other Planets and Extraterrestrials
  • What would your voice sound like on Venus?
    I'd probably end up sounding like James Earl Jones.
  • Q&A: The Anthropology of Searching for Aliens | Wired Science |
    Anthropologist Kathryn Denning talks to Wired about how our cultural narratives affect the way we think about extraterrestrial intelligence and possible contact with alien cultures.
    "From Star Trek to SETI, our modern world is constantly imagining possible futures where we dart around the galaxy engaging with bizarre alien races. Denning points out that when people talk about these futures, they often invoke the past. But they frequently seem to have a poor understanding of history."

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