Virtual ‘universe machine’. Galaxy evolution. Understanding unicorns.
By creating millions of virtual universes and comparing them to observations of actual galaxies, researchers have made discoveries that present a powerful new approach for studying galaxy formation. (1) A cosmos full of phenomena. Phenomena we try to understand. Because we imagine we can. A cosmos full of laws. Laws we expect to decipher because […]
Storytelling. An art long gone…
“Knowing how to tell a clear and coherent story is an important skill for helping young children to develop strong reading skills, which, in turn, can help them to be successful across a number of different subjects in school,” said FPG advanced research scientist Nicole Gardner-Neblett. “Prior research suggests that historical and cultural factors foster […]
Freud. Imagination. Dead Polar Star…
Freud discovered that the mere act of thinking (wishing and fantasizing) is itself gratifying. In fact, what therapists and psychoanalysts commonly observe is that the fantasy is more mentally and physically stimulating fulfilling than the actual, real life action the fantasy is organized around. Is it any wonder that reality doesn’t measure up to the […]
Imagining. Performing. Dreaming of being God. Being one.
Imagine standing on a basketball court, throwing the basketball and watching it arc into the net, followed by a soft swoosh sound. Chances are you’ll make that shot without a problem if you’ve been practicing on the court regularly (along with imagining yourself doing it), according to research by Phillip Post, associate professor in the […]
Reality. Imagination. Opposite directions…
As real as that daydream may seem, its path through your brain runs opposite reality. Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos. During imagination, the researchers found an increase in the flow of information […]
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