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Incomplete/Unfinished

 Incomplete/Unfinished

How are we to process an incomplete or unfinished work? Art, literature and film all present us with such partial works, yet our reaction varies. Some works remain incomplete due to tragedy or neglect, while others are intentionally non finito. We demand some incomplete compositions completed, while others remain sacrosanct testaments to the creator’s talent. Join Robert and Joe as they discuss the nature of incomplete works. See more »

Your Experiences With Aphantasia

 Your Experiences With Aphantasia

Following the recent episode “Aphantasia: Blindness of the Mind's Eye,” a number of Stuff to Blow Your Mind listeners wrote in about their own inability to summon voluntary mental images. Join Robert and Joe as they read and discuss some of the many listener mails on the matter. See more »

Aphantasia: Blindness of the Mind's Eye

 Aphantasia: Blindness of the Mind's Eye

Mental images play an important role in our daily experience of reality, from thoughts of the past to daydreams, fantasies and entire worlds of the imagination. Just what’s happening when we see through the mind’s eye and what on Earth is it like for individuals who experience aphantasia and experience no visual imagination at all? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore. See more »

Echoborg: The Computer Controls You

 Echoborg: The Computer Controls You

Imagine a future in which powerful AIs use human surrogates or “echoborgs” to speak their words and socialize with humans. The living, breathing avatar simply recites the computer’s words at the conference table, serving as a humanizing conduit for an inhuman will. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction and TV’s “Black Mirror,” but such experiments are a reality in artificial intelligence research. Join Robert and Joe as they get to know the echoborgs and cyranoids among us in this classic STBYM episode. See more »

Tetris Syndrome: A Mind Made of Blocks

 Tetris Syndrome: A Mind Made of Blocks

To play a game of “Tetris” is to invite a geometric invasion into your mind. After hours of intense block manipulation, you finally set aside your gaming device. You take a deep breath, close your eyes -- and there the frenzied, multicolored tetrominoes continue to cascade across your vision. They build walls in your dreams and shape the patterns of your very thought. What’s going on inside the mind of a “Tetris” player and what can we learn from so-called “Tetris” syndrome. In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe explore. See more »

Palimpsests: Reading History's Blank Pages

 Palimpsests: Reading History's Blank Pages

Historians learn a great deal from historical texts -- and not only that which was written, but that which was unwritten. Join Robert and Christian as they explore the world of palimpsests, the erased books just under the surface of ancient tomes. Modern technology allows us to uncover more and more of their secrets, while the idea of the palimpsest itself serves as a powerful metaphor for media, the mind and maybe life itself. See more »

Echoborg: The Computer Controls You

 Echoborg: The Computer Controls You

Imagine a future in which powerful AIs use human surrogates or “echoborgs” to speak their words and socialize with humans. The living, breathing avatar simply recites the computer’s words at the conference table, serving as a humanizing conduit for an inhuman will. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction and TV’s “Black Mirror,” but such experiments are a reality in artificial intelligence research. Join Robert and Joe as they get to know the echoborgs and cyranoids among us. See more »

The Memory Palace Revisited (with Nelson Dellis)

 The Memory Palace Revisited (with Nelson Dellis)

Stroll into the memory palace, an imagined location that just might expand your brain power. In this classic episode you'll learn all about the Method of Loci, a mnemonic device that allows mental athletes to perform astounding acts of recall. Plus, in this updated publication of the episode, learn the secrets firsthand from 3-time USA memory champion Nelson Dellis. See more »

Extraordinary Science of 2014

 Extraordinary Science of 2014

Sex-reversed genitalia and tractor beams -- just a few of the extraordinary discoveries and breakthroughs of 2014. How have they changed our perception of the universe and ourselves? See more »