Explainer: Nietzsche, nihilism and reasons to be cheerful Jamie Parr, Australian Catholic University German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is sometimes dismissed as a malevolent figure, obsessed with the problem of nihilism and the “death of God”. Understandably, these ideas are unsettling: … Continue reading Nietzsche’s Jihad for Questioning
Valerio Faraoni, Bishop’s University It took Albert Einstein 10 years to find the equations of general relativity, but German astrophysicist Karl Schwarzschild only needed a few months to solve them. Schwarzschild’s solution describes the gravity of an isolated, spherical and … Continue reading Our understanding of black holes has changed over time
David Kenny, Trinity College Dublin and Conor Casey, University of Liverpool Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away… democracy was in danger. Our current political environment is filled with threats to democracy, from the rise of … Continue reading What Star Wars can teach us about the decline of democracy
Tim Thompson, Teesside University As space travel for recreational purposes is becoming a very real possibility, there could come a time when we are travelling to other planets for holidays, or perhaps even to live. Commercial space company Blue Origin … Continue reading Death in space: here’s what would happen to our bodies
Here’s what it tells us about end of our Solar System Dimitri Veras, University of Warwick How will the Solar System die? It’s a hugely important question that researchers have speculated a lot about, using our knowledge of physics to create … Continue reading We’ve spotted a planet surviving its dying star
Here’s the real reason you probably haven’t heard of it Noah Wardrip-Fruin, University of California, Santa Cruz Before Pong there was Computer Space, the first commercial video game. The progenitor of today’s US$175 billion industry debuted on Oct. 15, 1971, at … Continue reading Computer Space launched the video game industry 50 years ago
We created holograms you can touch – you could soon shake a virtual colleague’s hand Ravinder Dahiya, University of Glasgow The TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection of a complete environment that you could interact with and even touch. In the 21st century, holograms are already being used in a variety of ways such as medical systems, education, art, security and defence. Scientists are still developing ways to use lasers, modern digital processors, and motion-sensing technologies to create several different types of holograms which … Continue reading Star Trek Holodeck is coming soon!
Guide toTHE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACESby Joseph Campbell In the long run, the most influential book of the 20th Century may turn out to be Joseph Campbell’s THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES. It’s certainly true that the book is having a major impact on writing and story-telling, but above all on movie-making. Aware or not, filmmakers like John Boorman, George Miller, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, and Francis Coppola owe their successes to the ageless pattern that Joseph Campbell identifies in the book. The ideas in the book are an excellent set of analytical tools.With them you can compose … Continue reading THE HERO WITH A THOUSAND FACES