Monday
May232011

Some Recommended Sources, Finally

I know, I know.  I promised several posts ago to begin listing some of my favorite sources related to this blog. 

My first recommendation is not a book at all but a website.  I don't say this often but this site is magnificent and spot on the topic.  When faced with stunning creativity, have you ever asked, "Why didn't I think of that?"  Candidly, after I found this site, it took me a few days to decide that it was still worth doing the blog you are now reading. 

The site is called the Mind Lab (http://jvsc.jst.go.jp/find/mindlab/english/base.html), produced by the Virtual Science Center of the Japanese Science and Technology Agency.  There are sixteen brief modules arranged in four groups:  1) Illusion of an uninterrupted world, 2) Constructing a 3D world from 2D images, 3) Visual interpretation of the physical world, and 4) Perception beyond sensory input.   The last four modules 13-16 get increasingly edgy culminating in the suggestion that "the causal relationship of our will and actions resulting from our will may be just another illusion." 

This site seems like Japan's gift to the world's curious kids, of all ages.

My only criticism is the music.  Initially intriguing, I soon found it distracting and then just annoying.  The SOUND-OFF control is at the bottom left of the screen.

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