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The Dune in our Heads - Boing Boing
"A problem crops up when filmmakers try to adapt epic fantasy worlds to the big screen—particularly beloved, richly-imagined literary ones. Sacrifices must be made. Characters are cut, and plotlines are re-routed. Scenes and places don’t match what readers have pictured with their minds. Fans of the original book cry foul. In the case of director Alejandro Jodorowsky, he had a vision for Frank Herbert’s masterwork Dune that was so over the top, so surreal (and, at times, so absurd), it probably would have blown the minds of critics before they had a chance to grumble."
sf  fiction  movies  adaptation  imagination  history  literature  influence 
march 2014 by tsuomela
Strange Horizons Columns: Me and Science Fiction: Hope for the Future, by Eleanor Arnason
"Brian Aldiss has said that the dominant tone of science is bracing despair. Much of it is cautionary: “If this goes on,” rather than “What if.” There are more good stories about what might go wrong than good stories about what might go right. But right now there's a need for stories that imagine a decent future—not because it is escapist, but because we need to be jolted out of There Is No Alternative. We need to think of ways to fix this mess; and we need to think about politics and economics."
sf  fiction  alternative  politics  ethics  optimism  pessimism  despair  future  literature  imagination  there-is-no-alternative 
march 2013 by tsuomela
The New Atlantis » The Possibility of Progress
"At any moment, the imagination says no to the world as it is while saying yes to an alternative reality — to a world that never was or has yet to be. Behind every vision lies dissatisfaction. This holds true for the statesman as much as for the artist. Both say no to the world in which they find themselves, even as they say yes to its next incarnation, now disincarnate. In his story “The Hall of Fantasy,” Nathaniel Hawthorne hints that every form of human activity verges on the unworldliness of fantasy, negating the present in favor of the future or imagined past. Yet it is the political use of the imagination that attracts Hawthorne’s most skeptical treatment. "
literature  19c  politics  imagination  progress  vision  fantasy  utopia  possibility 
february 2013 by tsuomela
Technopolis: Why so few utopias in science fiction cinema?
"By: Langdon Winner (This is a talk I gave at a panel on science fiction at the conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, October 19, 2012.)"
sf  fiction  film  cinema  movies  optimism  utopia  dystopia  pessimism  imagination  future 
january 2013 by tsuomela
Slow Thoughts for Fast Times: Why Mills and Not Gouldner? - Fast Capitalism
"Had they survived their broken hearts, Mills and Gouldner would today be old men. One wonders what they would have to say to each other, if anything at all. Neither might have gone on to surpass the work he had already done. Still, one wonders what might have been. In the meantime, we have what they left which is enough, for me at least, to wonder why we read and remember Mills and not Gouldner? Is it the luck of the one to have invented a brilliant catch phrase? Or the bad luck of the other for having died after asking troubling questions still open decades later? Without taking any thing away from Mills's well deserved reputation, it is strange that a well-turned phrase ended up trumping a rough-hewn theory. Of this, we can be sure, Mills would not have approved, however much we would have enjoyed the lingering of his reputation."
sociology  history  activism  theory  imagination  intellectual 
july 2012 by tsuomela
Overcoming Bias : The End of Possibility
"Yes, new tech have recently given us each more options, but this is mainly because new tech tends to make us each richer. Wealth gives options. If our descendants are, as I suspect, much poorer than we, they may well have fewer options than us. And eventually economic growth and tech innovation must slow to a crawl. Our finite universe simply cannot continue our exponential growth rates for a million years. For trillions of years thereafter, possibilities will be known and fixed, and for each person rather limited."
future  imagination  vision  options  choice  wealth  economics  growth 
october 2011 by tsuomela
Forget Steve Jobs | Savage Minds
"Jobs’s saintly genius is a carefully orchestrated performance by Apple, tech journalists, venture capitalists, and MacBook fanboys to create an illusion that we are blessed to be typing away on technologies of such holy grandeur. As this narrative grows so does Apple’s stocks. Social imaginaires like that which circulate around Jobs are stories we tell ourselves about ourselves with real impacts in the world.
Apple products are great, I’m using a couple right now. But the spiritual intonations describing Jobs’s role in the production of these easy to use, trendy, flashy, and expensive devices is overstated for a purpose. The auteur visionary, who throws off tradition, rises from the ashes and returns, and kills a rigid bohemoth (Gates) are all narratives that help to sell products and stocks. These stories encase the casings of Macbook and iPads with a genius virus that users mistakenly think is contagious."
business  technology  success  personality  publicity  public-relations  imagination  social 
september 2011 by tsuomela
Heroic Imagination Project — Transforming compassion into heroic action.
Project run by Philip Zimbaro - "The Heroic Imagination Project (HIP) is a nonprofit organization that advances everyday heroism. At HIP, we believe everyone has the potential to transform the private virtue of compassion into the civic virtue of heroic action, and we are dedicated to helping individuals internalize and express their “heroic imagination” in service to humanity."
social-psychology  heroism  non-profit  imagination 
march 2011 by tsuomela
Utopia - Charlie's Diary
Which is why I think we badly need more utopian speculation. The consensus future we read about in the media and that we're driving towards is a roiling, turbulent fogbank beset by half-glimpsed demons: climate change, resource depletion, peak oil, mass extinction, collapse of the oceanic food chain, overpopulation, terrorism, foreigners who want to come here and steal our women jobs. It's not a nice place to be; if the past is another country, the consensus view of the future currently looks like a favela with raw sewage running in the streets. Conservativism — standing on the brake pedal — is a natural reaction to this vision; but it's a maladaptive one, because it makes it harder to respond effectively to new and unprecedented problems. We can't stop, we can only go forward; so it is up to us to choose a direction.
utopia  future  imagination 
december 2010 by tsuomela
The Commonwealth of New Island
This is the home of New Island, an ongoing work of art by Lee Mothes (me) and other New islanders.
weblog-individual  art  fiction  creativity  imagination  world-making 
february 2010 by tsuomela
The Archdruid Report: Daydreams of Destruction
Thus I think it’s crucial to come back to the hard fact that we are not heading toward a happier future in any sense that matters. We are moving into a troubled, difficult, dangerous age in which most of us stand to lose a great many of the things that matter to us. Those troubles may encourage some of us to pursue a relationship with the sources of meaning in our lives, granted, but they are at least as likely to keep others too busy scrambling for survival or grieving over their losses to find time for that challenging process. When we project our fantasies of a better life onto the inkblot patterns of catastrophe, then, we’re kidding ourselves, and the sooner we grasp that – the sooner we come to terms with the bleak predicament facing us, and turn our attention to figuring out what might still be saved and then trying to save it – the more likely we are to make a positive difference in a bitter time.
environment  future  imagination  images  optimism  pessimism  politics  lifestyle  climate  global-warming  peak-oil  spirituality 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Casaubon’s Book » Blog Archive » Dreaming a Life
In order for a majority of the world’s rich people (and here I mean rich by world standards) to choose less, to actually recognize that giving their children better means choosing a life of less, there has to be a vision of what the life constitutes - and it has to be immediately accessible. It cannot require vast creative energies, because honestly, most people don’t have them. It cannot require that everyone go against the grain, because, quite honestly, most of us go with the grain. It cannot require that we build an imagine entirely internally - you have to be able to go look at it.
environment  future  imagination  images  optimism  pessimism  politics  lifestyle  climate  global-warming  peak-oil 
september 2009 by tsuomela
The Benefits of Vacation - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The reason such travels are useful involves a quirk of cognition, in which problems that feel “close" - and the closeness can be physical, temporal or even emotional - get contemplated in a more concrete manner. (This is known as construal level theory.) As a result, when we think about things that are nearby, our thoughts are delicately constricted, bound by a more limited set of associations. While this habit can be helpful -it allows us to focus on the facts at hand - it also inhibits our imagination.
psychology  bias  travel  imagination  construal-level-theory  distance  mental  vacation  cognition  science  creativity 
september 2009 by tsuomela
Ruling Imagination: Law and Creativity » Blog Archive » Robert Johnson made no deal with the devil
Conceptions of Robert Johnson’s work highlight the context dependent nature of notions of originality. Originality is yet another characteristic of copyrightability that is not always easy to delineate in actual contexts of creation.
originality  creativity  innovation  imagination  music  culture  remix  blues  copyright  intellectual-property  romanticism  authorship 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Remembering the Past is Like Imagining the Future | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine
As it turns out, the way that the human brain goes about the task of “remembering the past” is actually very similar to how it goes about “imagining the future.”
memory  brain-imaging  brain  mental  mind  future  imagination  mri 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Matthew Yglesias » More Serious Friday Nordic Blogging
But even though I don’t think anyone would really dispute any of that, we don’t just do that stuff. Instead, we’re trapped in a frustrating circle of passive acceptance of the idea that we just have to live in a country where public services are ill-funded and poorly delivered. And it’s not just that conservatives block reforms — progressives have let their horizons slip incredibly low. A country that once built transcontinental railroads and sent people to the moon has decided that for some reason it’d just be impossible to solve our current social problems.
politics  goals  inequality  social  government  imagination  problem-solving 
december 2008 by tsuomela
How to Save the World - Paying Attention, and Imagining What Could Be
But imagining a better way to live is a more difficult undertaking. I had hoped to discover or create a Natural (Intentional) Community that would be a model of how to live better, and while I haven't given up on this search, I am starting to see that such models are being held back by our society's terrible imaginative poverty. While we change slowly, and only when we must, we are capable of doing just about anything we can imagine when that time comes. The problem is we have largely lost the capacity to really imagine, thanks I suspect to our hopeless education system, the dumbing down effect of the information and education media, and, more than anything, a simple lack of practice at imagining that stems from being too busy doing the urgent but unimportant things that consume most of our days and lives.
imagination  future  community  story-telling 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Paul Wilmott's Blog: Magicians And Mathematicians
This is really a question about whether modern risk managers are capable of thinking beyond maths and formulas. Do they appreciate the human side of finance, the herding behaviour of people, the unintended consequences, what I think of as all the fun stuff. And this is a nice question because it very quickly sorts out different types of thinkers.

There is no correct answer to our magician problem. The exercise is to think of as many possibilities as you can. For example when I first heard this question an obvious answer to me was zero.
finance  money  risk  bubble  quantitative-finance  imagination  future 
december 2008 by tsuomela
Deric Bownds' MindBlog: Creating new worlds - science and fiction as the same thing
I still think that we're designed to find out about the world, but that's not our most important gift. For human beings the really important evolutionary advantage is our ability to create new worlds.
mind  psychology  philosophy  ai  imagination  creativity  future 
february 2008 by tsuomela

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