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This week, I welcome Jim Davies, an associate professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. He is the Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, and the Author of “Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make Us Laugh, Movies Make Us Cry, and Religion Makes Us Feel One with the Universe.”
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Where do the pictures in our visual imagination come from?
Do blind people have a visual memory?
The literal details and the meaning and symbol parts of the brain
Can computers imagine or learn to?
Neuro modeling simulation of thoughts and imagination.
Jim’s book called “Riveted”
Rules of art form and folk wisdom are they backed by science?
Cognitive science of religion and why we find anything interesting.
The genetics behind the desire for connecting with something greater.
What surprised him most in his research?
60% of religiosity is determined.
Groups that have religion outcompete groups that don’t
Moral code so you don’t cheat your neighbors.
The Kibbutz secular vs religious
Prayer and meditation helps you cope with stress.
Why jokes make us laugh.
Social signals about danger.
about why offensive jokes might be funny
Our brain doesn’t really sense what is fiction or reality 100%
The “Finding Nemo” story
Jim’s TEDx talks
Planning bias and completion times
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