Ed. Note: This blog originally appeared at Sleights of Mind. Like Giotto, Dr. Lecter has frescoed the walls of his mind. ― Thomas Harris, HannibalYesterday 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.The fragment that follows is from Thomas Harris's Hannibal, where we learn all about Dr.
Tom Meseroll -- The Martial Magician Ed. note: This blog was originally presented at Sleights of Mind . Magicians sometimes perform seemingly impossible feats of memory, for instance, to remember the order of a "randomly shuffled" deck of cards.
Ed.note: This blog originally appeared at Sleights of Mind blog." The world is but an illusion " -- BuddhaWednesday is Illusion Day. Every Wednesday, we feature a contemporary illusion, or a variation on a classic illusion.This week's pick is a wonderful example of anamorphic art, by French artist François Abélanet.
Why, oh why, would I order a plastic fork, costing $89 (on-sale), 5 months before its scheduled release? Because it promises to help me control my eating speed, which, I am now convinced, is indeed critical to controlling obesity and diabetes.The fork is essentially a Bluetooth device that communicates to your smartphone and counts how many bites you take each meal.
On March 20 th , we attended a surprising event at the recently Arizona State University Origins Project ( @asuORIGINS , Facebook /ASUOriginsProject , email@example.com ) directed by Lawrence Krauss.
Ed. note: A previous version of this post appeared on Sleights of Mind. “ Everything she did and love , everything she was , required language .”― Lisa Genova, Still Alice Harvard-trained neuroscientist and author Lisa Genova couldn’t get agents or publishers interested in her debut novel Still Alice .
The Best Illusion of the Year Contest is happy to announce the TOP TEN illusions of 2013!The 2013 Contest Gala will be on Monday, May 13th, in the Philharmonic Center of Arts (Naples Fl).
Spring (Photo Credit: Anthony Barnhart) The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is home to Philip Haas’ monumental sculpture installation, “The Four Seasons” until April 28, 2013.
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jackie_Martinez_in_B%26W_sleeping_with_a_book.jpg A new report in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that lack of sufficient sleep for several sequential nights leads to weight gain.
For those of you who can make it to Louisville, Kentucky on June 14-16, do not miss the Louisville Magic Festival. Through our research in magic and illusion we have seen many of the world’s top acts, and several of our favorite performers will all be at this one event.
STAFFBehind the scenes at Scientific AmericanRead
Anecdotes from the Archive
Anthropology in Practice
Exploring the human condition.Read
Insights into intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-beingRead
Everything you always wanted to know about raising science-literate kidsRead
Critical views of science in the newsRead
Dark Star Diaries
Explore the science behind the dog in your bedRead
News and research about endangered species from around the worldRead
Frontiers for Young Minds
Science by and for kids ages 8-15Read
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific AmericanRead
Climate science in a changing worldRead
Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday DeceptionsRead
Discussion and news about planets, exoplanets, and astrobiologyRead
MIND Guest Blog
Commentary invited by editors of Scientific American MindRead
Not bad science
New discoveries in animal behavior and cognitionRead
Opinion, arguments & analyses from guest experts and from the editors of Scientific AmericanRead
More than wires - exploring the connections between energy, environment, and our livesRead
Roots of Unity
Mathematics: learning it, doing it, celebrating it.Read
Adventures in the good science of rock-breaking.Read
STAFFIllustrating science since 1845Read
STAFFA science blog, sans blagueRead
Amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals - living and extinctRead
The Artful Amoeba
A Blog About the Weird Wonderfulness of Life on EarthRead
Exploring and celebrating diversity in science.Read