Q+A: Carleton professor Jim Davies

Jim Davies, a professor from Carleton’s Institute of Cognitive Science, has contributed chapters to Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier, about the psychology behind the aliens in the popular TV series Star Trek. The Charlatan sat down with Davies to discuss a bit about science-fiction psychology in popular culture. The Charlatan (TC): How does your current research relate to your chapter in Star Trek Psychology: The Mental Frontier? Jim Davies (JD): We’ve done some studies of creativity the way most people think about it . . . one of them we did a study on how creative people are when they’re creating aliens. So we gave them a blank piece of paper and asked them to make up an alien, […]

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Sock ‘n’ Buskin takes on fairy tales

As summer draws to a close and fall begins, Carleton’s very own student-run theatre company—otherwise known as Sock ‘n’ Buskin—is busy prepping for their fall line-up of performances. Sock ‘n’ Buskin is starting off this year with a performance of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a play where a group of fairy-tale characters attempt to combine and adapt 209 of the original Brothers Grimm fairy tales into a whirlwind of dark comedy. Meg Sutton, the play’s director, said the show bridges the gap between the light and fun happily-ever-after aspect of Disney and the darkness of the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales. “We’re going back to when Cinderella did have evil step-sisters, but they were beautiful, and did end up cutting […]

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Commentary: The Kents play intimate show

Back in Ottawa for the fourth time, playing in what was nicknamed, “The Chicken Coop,” The Kents performed a secret show featuring songs from their upcoming EP, Within Waves, on Sept. 29. They played for a close and intimate audience, sharing the stage with band, Blue Hill. Perhaps the immediate affinity towards the group may have been the venue. The secret show, held in the childhood home of drummer Tanner Pare, added a sense a personal element to the space. Or maybe it was the amiable yet confident lead singer, Warren Frank, who frequently addressed the small but enthusiastic audience throughout the show. Each and every thing done by the group contributed to their seamless performance of the band’s soon […]

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Ottawa hosts speed painting competition

On Sept. 27, Art Battle took over at the Arts Court in downtown Ottawa. The live- painting competition was held in a dimly-lit theatre, with the canvases, the literal centrepieces of the room, basking under in bright lights. Painters were given 20 minutes to create a painting from scratch, and the artwork was then judged by the audience to decide the winners. There were six canvases set up, one for each artist. The artists took their places, nervously waiting for the count-down. “3,2,1 let’s paint!” the crowd yelled. And then they were off, each artist attacking their canvas in their owna unique way. Some started off slowly, taking time to sketch out their piece, while, others threw paint on the […]

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DVBBS plays energetic Panda concert

DVBBS certainly didn’t disappoint the thousands of fans who showed up for their pre-Panda Game concert at the EY Centre on Sept. 29. The brother duo of Chris and Alex van den Hoef rocked the stage, filling the venue with their high energy and crazy beats. The beats certainly weren’t the only things that were wild. Topless girls spent the night on shoulders dancing front row for the concert, and behind the crowd, others showed off their shuffling skills. DJ Dzeko warmed up the crowd for DVBBS, generating a buzz that lasted through the night. His variety of remixes allowed everyone to find a song to dance to, whether they wanted to hear EDM or rock. He played classics that […]

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