November 2, 2010

Manipulating Other People’s Beliefs About Us
A U.S. team used functional magnetic resonance imaging to observe the brains of people playing a strategic game. They write in the journal PNAS that those who tried to trick their rivals showed a unique brain activity. (Katia Moskvitch, BBC News)

Designing Modern Churches
“Historically, religious architecture and church-building have been the main motor of architecture,” says Lukas Feireiss, co-editor of Closer to God, a new book from German publisher Gestalten that documents 93 awe-inspiring examples of sacred spaces from the past decade. “If anything could be done, it was first tried in a cathedral or other religious building. With religious architecture, you always expect more meaning.” (Tim McKeough, Wired)

Hey, Glory, Glory, Hallelujah
Thanks to Sean Schmidt, I’ve been introduced to yet another pro-science musician: country music star Brad Paisley. I didn’t follow country before, so I’d never heard of him, but wow–Paisley’s song “Welcome to the Future” is just about the most stirring paean to American technological ingenuity and progress that I’ve ever heard or seen. (Chris Mooney, The Intersection, Discover)

Sci-Fi Special
New Scientist magazine asked scientists and writers to nominate lost sci-fi classics. (The Washington Post)

Is Reality Digital or Analog?

The Foundational Questions Institute announced this week its latest essay contest, “Is Reality Digital or Analog?”, and if it’s anything like the past two contests, we’re in for a real treat: the contest should draw entrants from some of the deepest thinkers of our time. This time around, Scientific American has joined the institute as a co-sponsor of the contest. (George Musser, Scientific American)

Category: Field Notes


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