Category Archives: Pop Culture: Movies, Art, and Comics

Big ideas inspired by the things we usually enjoy on a more superficial level.

IVP Author Takes 2nd at Ignite Asheville 2013

*From the editor: Congratulations to Jim MacKenzie, author of the Incredible Vanishing Paperweight! Jim recently presented at Ignite Asheville 2013. His speech was entitled “Beam Me Up Ringo: The Fab Four’s Journey through Rock Music, the Jim Crow South, and … Continue reading

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Now That You’re Gone, We Love You

Why the Future is a Great Time To Be Dead The dead are living pretty exciting lives these days. More exciting than many of us who are still breathing. If you went to the mega-music festival called Bonnaroo in 2012, … Continue reading

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Politics in a Post-Idea World

We live in a post-idea world. That is according to a 2011 article in the New York Times. And many other thinkers and creators echo this idea. It’s almost as if the 20th century was the century of big ideas. … Continue reading

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“History Is Expanding” For One Thousand, Alex: Jeopardy, Part II

The decade of the 1980s was definitely very different from the 1990s, right? The ’80s are still known for bad hair and fashion and questionable musical tastes. The ’90s are known for all those things too, but both decades definitely … Continue reading

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“History Is Expanding” For One Thousand, Alex: Part I

The Turing Test was first concocted in the early 1950s by computer theorist and visionary Alan Turing. The test was designed to answer the question “Can computers think?” In one version, an inquisitor sits before a panel and asks questions … Continue reading

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Everything I Need to Know About Life, I Learned from R2-D2 : Why Artificial Intelligence Might Thrive in the World of Tomorrow

If the “Star Wars” movies are any indicator, artificial intelligence may be better suited for life in the future, or on other planets, than are humans. The little garbage can-shaped droid R2-D2 was present in all six of the Star … Continue reading

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Lex Luthor is Ready for the Future – Superman is Not

We are all experiencing a major paradigm shift, from a post-industrial to a pre-information age. When will comic books follow? First of all, I love superheroes. I adore them. I think they are necessary reading for any kid who wants … Continue reading

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