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Curiosity on Stage - This week: The Science of Imagination

Canada Science and Technology Museum
DateSep 28, 2019
Time1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Curiosity on Stage - This week: The Science of Imagination
Demo Stage
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Included with admission
Language Comments
Presentation in English with a bilingual Q+A.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math? Curiosity on Stage is a series of short, interactive presentations that brings you face-to-face with researchers and innovators. Each week, a featured speaker delivers an engaging presentation followed by an interactive Q-and-A session. Curiosity on Stage invites you to learn directly from people working in the science and technology-related fields. Find out what they do and why it matters – and leave inspired by their stories of curiosity, overcoming obstacles, and innovation.

While everyone is welcome on the Demo Stage, this program is recommended for ages 10+.

This week: The Science of Imagination

Dr. Jim Davies, Carleton Univeristy

Jim Davies

What is imagination? How does it differ from creativity, or imagery? Jim Davies takes you through the science of imagination, from thinking of the future, how imagination can make you happy or sad, to dreams and hallucinations.

Jim Davies is a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University. He is the author of Imagination: The Science of Your Mind’s Greatest Power and Riveted: The Science of Why Jokes Make us Laugh, Movies Make us Cry, and Religion Makes us Feel One with the Universe. Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, he explores processes of visualization in humans and machines and specializes in artificial intelligence, analogy, problem-solving, and the psychology of art, religion, and creativity. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems, and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds.

In his spare time, he is a published poet and fiction writer, an internationally-produced playwright, and a professional artist and calligrapher. His sister is novelist JD Spero.


Coming Up:

October 5 - Medical Curiosity, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine

October 12 - Oren Petel, Carleton University - Impacts and X-rays - A look inside helmet testing

October 26 - Joana Rocha, Carleton University - Sounds in Aircraft: Testing at the Aeroacoustics Laboratory

November 2 - Issac Tamblyn, NRC-CNRC

November 9 - Medical Curiosity, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine

November 16 - Emily Standen, Uottawa

November 23 - Jill Brooks Carleton University - Sharks!

November 30 - Kimberly Girling - Evidence for Democracy

December 7 - Medical Curiosity, University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine