Space and Space

I’m not exactly thrilled by the Mercury Messenger mission, but it’s still pretty neat. With all the sunny weather we’ve been having here lately, Mercury just seems a little oppressive at the moment.

I just saw a video of the spacecraft’s flyby of Earth — it took a “movie” of Earth as it passed by us again on its way to fly by Venus, on its continuing journey to Mercury.

The movie was little amazing to me – it being real, and not a sci-fi animation: this zippy probe out there all alone, travelling by our little planet, looking back on it, as our planet also is flying through space, just spinning away, with all we crazy creatures on it, with all our very important things.

The probe should make its first flyby of Mercury in January 2008.

And speaking of space, it looks like science has determined, surprisingly, that creativity and “odd behaviour” are related.

People who display “odd” behaviour and language, but aren’t prone to hallucinations, are not psychotic, and not schizophrenic are labeled schizotypal.

Apparently schizotypal people are far more creative than “normals”, or schizophrenics. Schizotypes gain much of the associative freedom of schizophrenics without the debilitating qualities. In this study, Schizotypes demonstrated markedly more creativity than both schizophrenics and normals, who fared about equally as well.

“In the scientific community, the popular idea that creativity exists in the right side of the brain is thought to be ridiculous, because you need both hemispheres of your brain to make novel associations and to perform other creative tasks,� Folley said. “We found that all three groups, schizotypes, schizophrenics and normal controls, did use both hemispheres when performing creative tasks. But the brain scans of the schizotypes showed a hugely increased activation of the right hemisphere compared to the schizophrenics and the normal controls.�

I suggest you check out Mike’s page if you’re interested in some ideas from other people’s brains that you can interpret in your own brain, to have more meaningful understanding within your brain, of your brain. He’s got some nifty thinking going on. Just don’t encourage him.

After doing that, you might want to start eating yourself, starting at your toes and working your way all the way up to your face, where your teeth can finally chew themselves up.

Oh, and one more thing. Arnold’s a wuss.

I found a neat site on the BBC that deals with [a kind of] ethics and same-sex marriage. They have some good thinking there.