Saturday, 29 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
Dr Kaku’s musings are not as far out as many other ideas of how technology will develop. There’s a busy little corner of my trends file dedicated to futurology and, rifling through it (virtually) I often wonder at that misconception that creativity is the monopoly of arty types.
That’s why I love science fiction. Sci-fi written by sciencey people makes a good fist of imagining the social consequences of extreme technology.
And maybe it’s just me, but why does it appear that British authors like Iain M Banks and Alastair Reynolds will imagine humanity thousands or millions of years hence, whereas US authors concentrate on the near future?
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Monday, 24 August 2009
I regard the mainstream media as an important source of information; not for the value of that information but for its influence. This is a source which is, of course, often wrong.
The worst cases are stories about healthcare - a popular sector for a particular type of newspaper because of the opportunities it provides to rehash seemingly innocuous data into something far more sinister. The Guardian's Dr Ben Goldacre frequently illustrates the Daily Mail's propensity for dividing every substance in the universe into those that cause cancer, and those that cure it.This simple presentation does an excellent job of debunking that common tool of the tabloid hack: the contextless percentage.
Why is the new mural in the Children's ward at Southend Hospital giving the kids nightmares?
I never understood why, even after a total zombie holocaust, you never saw zombie kids. Single hits like the undead baby in the remake of Dawn of the Dead, and the lad in the petrol station in 28 Day Later don't count.
Pic from Ffffound!