A professor cooks up some computer simulations, which convince him to try to convince everyone that reality is unrealistic. Amanda Gefter interviewed the professor, for The Atlantic magazine: “The Case Against Reality“. NEXT POST: Type A personality from a chair?
Car Horn Honking Studies (part 2)
Although car horn honking might be viewed by some as a measure of aggression it can also have its positive side. For example in driving simulators, where participants sometimes drive more slowly than they would do on a real road (when not attending to driving) – maybe a horn honk would encourage them to drive […]
Recent progress in Quidditch studies (part 2)
Following on from our recent note concerning Quidditch in academia, may we also recommend a paper by Raphael Crawford-Marks, Lee Spector, and Jon Klein of the Cognitive Science department at Hampshire College, Amherst, US? It’s entitled: ‘Virtual Witches and Warlocks: A Quidditch Simulator and Quidditch-Playing Teams Coevolved via Genetic Programming’ (in: Late Breaking Papers of the […]
A grain of sand, a line of code, and everything
William Blake had a grain of sand that simulates the world. Stanford University now has “Software [that] Emulates [the] Lifespan of [an] Entire Organism“. Here’s Blake’s take: Auguries of Innocence by William Blake [pictured here] TO see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of […]
Fiegel’s Simulated Cough Machine
Professor Fiegel displays her simulated cough machine (SCM): If you’d like a close, personal look at the simulated cough machine, get in touch with Professor Jennifer Fiegel at her lab at the University of Iowa.
Press release: Seen in a new light (Hamman)
This week’s Press Release of the Month was released more than a year ago. But it shines anew thanks to today’s news that the protagonist, Dr. William Hamman, turns out not to be a doctor (see the Associated Press report “Pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim“). Here’s the beginning of the press release: WMU […]