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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Review: Luke Cage

Marvel’s Luke Cage is the latest show in Netflix’s ongoing production deal with the comic book giant. Set in Harlem, New York, Luke Cage returns to its titular protagonist (Mike Colter) who we find working as a dishwasher after the fallout of the events of one of Marvel’s other Netflix shows, Jessica Jones. He’s no ordinary man, as these stories so often go, and it’s quickly revealed that Cage has both super strength and unbreakable skin. Cage quickly runs into trouble when a weapons deal goes wrong and tensions escalate between the New York police and local gangs. At the centre of the conflict is Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (Mahershala Ali), a crime boss seeking to fill the shoes left empty […]

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TV review: Jessica Jones

Working in the pits of New York City as a private investigator, Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, gets through life by working on cases of scumbag cheaters and liars who come through her door. Quitting the superhero business after a traumatic experience with a supervillain, Jessica has a million skeletons in her closet. She deals with post-traumatic stress disorder through booze, sarcasm, and a mountain of self-loathing. Everything changes for her when one of those skeletons—a charismatic psychopath with mind control powers named Kilgrave (David Tennant)—crashes back into her life, forcing Jessica to face her darkest traumas in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Released by Netflix on Nov. 21, Jessica Jones is one series in the Marvel […]

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