Here is an interesting article about how and why Star Trek and Star Wars attract different kinds of fans and why their fans act so differently, even though the works are both ‘sci-fi.’Read more "Star Trek vs. Star Wars"
I’m not referring to the content that is transmitted but the speed in which it is transmitted. As technology gets faster and faster, will there come a point when it begins to unravel what makes us human? Have we already reached this point?Read more "Is technology eroding morality?"
I don’t want to achieve immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying. – Woody Allen Humans have always been obsessed with immortality. From the Fountain of Youth to the latest cryogenics, people have always sought ways to extend their physical presence in the world indefinitely. They are going about it […]Read more "Immortality"
Apparently video games can have serious real life consequences. Check out this Time article about how a woman divorced her husband in real life because he cheated on her in the game Second Life.Read more "The real life consequences of video games"
Why are people so resistant to the idea of intelligent animals? Animals are smarter than we thought, and it’s not just ‘higher’ mammals either. Birds can problem solving, learn vocabulary, and might even have a sense of time – all things we associate with higher mental function.Read more "Why resist the idea of intelligent animals?"
I detest dogma; it always gets in the way of progress. But then again, that is its purpose: to preserve existing knowledge and to be skeptical of anything new or foreign. Dogma is useful when used to further a higher goal like the integrity of science. Science would lose all credibility if it routinely accepted […]Read more "Dogma has no place in science"
Arthur C. Clarke once said that “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Sci-fi and fantasy are lumped together as SF nowadays, but they are distinctly different in ways that give each its unique appeal and its strength to express different themes and stories.Read more "Sci-fi vs. Fantasy"