Sunday, May 25, 2008

Geeking out on a Sunday

I am spending Sunday afternoon catching up on some geeking; I am watching lots of videos on TED; I've posted a few of them before with the CERN article, and the training crows article earlier this month.

I just ran across Michael Shermer's presentation. Michael Shermer writes in Scientific American every month, and it is usually the article I most look forward to reading on my long boring daily commute by train. I have also read his book "Why people believe Stupid Things" and find it to be a really great book, comparable to the late Carl Sagan's "Demon Haunted World", another one of my favorite books.

His presentation touches on the idea of pareidolia -- the remarkable human ability to recognize faces where there are just blobs. Seriously, you religious people can be so gullible sometimes. I chould use some extra cash: I'm going to manufacture some religious icons in toast so I can cash in and make some money like the one sold to the casino for thousands of dollars.

I especially liked the ending. They play this song on the radio all the time here in Switzerland.

My friend Miz K always complains "The video is 3 minutes! It's too long!" Man, talk about a short attention span! The one above is 13 minutes long. Hope you can sit through it.

If you're also being lazy and wanting to geek out on a quiet Sunday, I also found these videos very interesting:

1 comment:

Miz K said...

Pshaw - what ev! The video you sent I said was too long was 11 minutes long. THAT is too long. Oo look, twinkies!