Big Picture Science – Science Fiction True

by Gary Niederhoff on July 4, 2016

Big Picture Science – Science Fiction True

Don’t believe everything you see on TV or the movies. Science fiction is just a guide to how our future might unfold. It can be misleading, as anyone who yearns for a flying car can tell you. And yet, sometimes fantasy becomes fact. Think of the prototype cellphones in Star Trek.

We take a look at science that seems inspired by filmic sci-fi, for example scientists manipulating memory as in Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. And despite his famous film meltdown, Charleton Heston hasn’t stopped the Soylent company from producing what it calls the food of the future.

Plus, why eco-disaster films have the science wrong, but not in the way you might think. And, what if our brains are simply wired to accept film as fact?

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Steve Ramirez / Implanting Memories
Part 2: Rob Rhinehart / Soylent
Part 3: Jason Mark / Movie Doom
Part 3: Jeffrey Zacks / Movie Minds

This episode originally aired on December 22, 2014

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