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: Star Trek Beyond

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the creation of the Star Trek movie and television franchise, and to celebrate such a momentous milestone, this movie will go above and beyond your expectations (and yes, pun very much intended). Fast and Furious director Justin Lin gives us Star Trek Beyond, the newest instalment of the aptly named Star Trek re-imaginings of Gene Roddenberry’s original universe, and boy does he know what Trekkies want. I have to be honest, I was a tad hesitant of the film due to its extremely lacklustre press attention and the publicity it was getting. Also, the fact that someone known for just the Fast and Furious franchise, alongside some other mediocre, forgettable action movies had […]

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