And if this ever becomes part of a movie, I would give the lecture for free. This is brilliant
If I’m reading this right you don’t seem to have come across Peter Watt’s before. You have to take some time to read his books, pretty hard core SciFi but strongly grounded in hard science. This is (in some way) related to the themes on evolution, intelligence and sociopathy that is at the core of his last book – Blindsight. I think he used it as part of some publicity events. In any case, great author, strongly recommended. You have to love fiction that concludes with dozens of pages of references to current scientific papers and research on the concepts underlying the plot.
Peter Watts’s work is about as dark as science fiction gets – and quite wonderful. He has posted most of his work as free (CC licensed) PDFs:
but buy them anyway.
Especially Blindsight and Starfish.
I’ve dropped some hints in the past that my relationship with ScienceBlogs would be…altered.
The old saw that ‘we hang together or we get hung separately‘ is a perfect description…
Links for you. Science:
Underground river ‘Rio Hamza’ discovered 4km beneath the Amazon
What do accommodationists do…
Recently, The New York Times published an op-ed calling for curricular changes in K-12 math education:
Links for you.
Another Scientist Calls Out Sen. Coburn’s Misleading, Juvenile “Report”
XMRV: ITS EVERYWHERE! UUUUUGH! ITS IN…