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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Soundtracks for every mood

In news that surprises no one, Hollywood darling La La Land—a film about chasing dreams in Los Angeles—won the Academy Award for Best Original Musical Score. And who wouldn’t like the La La Land soundtrack? Toe-tapping musical numbers, moody jazz tones, and John Legend’s voice make this movie soundtrack one for the books. Music adds a whole other dimension to stories, providing more depth to emotions and moments shown on a screen. Like the cliché goes, when words (and pictures) fail, music speaks. It’s no surprise that music and audio get their own award platforms at the Oscars. We recognize movie music without even realizing it: the themes to Star Wars and Harry Potter are probably a few of the […]

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Review: Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

While expanding on George Lucas’ Star Wars universe, Rogue One explains a previously gaping plot hole—why would the Empire design a massive, planet-destroying weapon with what is essentially a self-destruct button built right in? The following review will contain spoilers. The plot of the film revolves around the Rebel Alliance seeking to steal the plans for the Empire’s very first Death Star to stop them from blowing up planets. Felicity Jones plays the film’s main character and heroine, Jyn Erso. She is the daughter of Galen Erso, a scientist who is captured by the Galactic Republic, which later becomes the Empire, to work on their new weapon. There are some things that never seem to change in the Star Wars universe, like sassy robots with British […]

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Ottawa Comic-Con celebrates fifth anniversary

Canada’s capital honoured all things geeky for the fifth year in a row at Ottawa Comic-Con from May 13-15, at the Ernst and Young Centre near the Ottawa International Airport. The annual convention, known by attendees as Comic-con, is a three-day event that celebrates certain elements of pop culture like comics, video games, science fiction, fantasy, and horror. The convention boasted record attendance with 42,000 self-proclaimed geeks who came to see celebrities, dress up as their favourite characters, attend panels, shop, and experience the atmosphere of the city’s geekiest. “There was an open air of acceptance around the place, where people could embrace their hobbies publicly,” said John Cole, a Carleton University student who attended the convention. “For me personally, […]

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Commentary: Sunday Night Fan Fiction shows fanfic’s funny side

Ottawa was rather gloomy on the night of March 27, but it was anything but gloomy at LIVE! On Elgin as people gathered in for the fourth edition of Sunday Night Fan Fiction. Presented by the Morning Person Theatre Company, the hilarious series was resurrected—ironically enough—on Easter Sunday. Fans of all fiction filed in to the tiny theatre, some adorned in feathers, others in Star Wars pyjamas, and even one or two with bunny ears atop their heads. While most were having dinner with their families and enjoying their extra-long weekend, the crowd prepared themselves as best they could for some of the raunchiest fan fiction around, dredged up from none other than the notorious fanfiction.net. Paul J. Piekoszewski—the director […]

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