ADVERTISEMENT
  About the SA Blog Network

Posts Tagged "neuroscience in fiction"

Illusion Chasers

Daniel Suarez’s Influx Is Super Fluxing Bitchin’!

INFLUX_web_sm

I loved the book, and couldn’t—wouldn’t—didn’t—set it down. With Influx, Daniel Suarez becomes the master, and Michael Crichton should be honored by the comparison.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Apollo Robbins: The Art of Misdirection

qa-apollorobins1

Apollo Robbins (aka The Gentleman Thief) explains and demonstrates the art of misdirection

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Crux, by Ramez Naam

516eh7WnNHL._SY346_

Crux (Angry Robot Books) is an outstanding speculative fiction adventure. It combines the very highest level of neuroscientific reality with plausible neuroscience fiction that is very well thought through.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: The Princess Bride

The_princess_bride_20th_anniversary_edition_dvd[1]

The novel is a wonderful read, but something that I hadn’t expected is that the plot would revolve so much around the topic of pain, both psychological and physical. As in death, torture, mutilation, and the loss of true love.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Dexter’s Final Season Premiere

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Dexter_Logo.svg

Dexter’s swan song will involve chasing down a serial killer that puts a melon baller to the unique use of scooping the anterior insula out of the brains of his victims.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Fear and panic in Jaden and Will Smith’s “After Earth”

Jaden and Will Smith in a still from the trailer for After Earth

To what extent is fear hardwired in the brain? Behavioral therapies can successfully eliminate or reduce phobias to specific items or situations, but can one suppress fear in general?

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Proust and Pixar

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Madeleine_verso.jpg

The madeleine episode in Proust’s Swan’s Way exemplifies the power of smells and tastes to bring back memories, and has inspired research and further fiction too.

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

NeuroSCIence in FIction: Kill Decision

Kill-Decision-Isometric-03

As a true expert in the systems he writes about (Suarez is a computer engineer), Suarez brings an unmatched sense of realism and immediacy to his stories

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Harlan Ellison’s “I have no mouth and I must scream”

The wrath that AM—the sentient supercomputer in Ellison’s tale, as in “I think therefore I AM”—feels for humans is god-like in its scope. AM has annihilated humanity, and kept five survivors to amuse itself in an endless cat-and-mouse game which only AM can win. But how likely is it really that a sentient machine would turn against humankind?

Keep reading »
Illusion Chasers

Neuroscience in Fiction: Hannibal Lecter’s Memory Palace

Yesterday we wrote about the memory palace of Tom Meseroll, the Master of Martial Magic, so it is fitting that this week’s Neuroscience in Fiction pick features a fictional memory palace: the mansion of reminiscence at the center of Hannibal Lecter’s brilliantly twisted mind.

Keep reading »

More from Scientific American

Scientific American Dinosaurs

Get Total Access to our Digital Anthology

1,200 Articles

Order Now - Just $39! >

X

Email this Article

X