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Illusions, Delusions, and Everyday Deceptions

Neuroscience in Fiction: Hannibal Lecter's Memory Palace

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.

April 26, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

THE MARTIAL MAGICIAN'S MEMORY PALACE

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.

April 25, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: The World Illusion

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.

April 24, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

I just pre-ordered my HAPIfork

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.

April 23, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Storytelling of Science

On March 20 th , we attended a surprising event at the recently Arizona State University Origins Project ( @asuORIGINS , Facebook /ASUOriginsProject , origins.project@asu.edu ) directed by Lawrence Krauss.

April 22, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

Neuroscience in Fiction: Still Alice , by Lisa Genova

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 .

April 21, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

The TOP 10 Illusions of the Year Have Been Announced

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).

April 18, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Illusion of the Week: Monumental Arcimboldo

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.

April 17, 2013 — Susana Martinez-Conde

Get Your Beauty (and Slimness) Sleep

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.

April 16, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

The Louisville International Festival of Magic, Illusion and the Unusual

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.

April 15, 2013 — Stephen L. Macknik

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