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Just how sci-fi is Black Mirror?


WARNING: This review contains spoilers.

The second season of Charlie Brooker’s series ‘Black Mirror’ finished this week. The debut season that was screened last year which featured Zoophilia, human augmentation and talent shows was not, to my mind, very good. I thought it was shallow, unentertaining and pretentious. The series was marketed as ‘dark’ and ‘scathing social satire’ but really did nothing for me, I didn’t think it contributed anything new to public debate that hasn’t been explored before, and explored better without Apple products waved around with irritating prominence.» >

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When did black holes get confused with the eye of Sauron?

Losing distinction between SF and Fantasy

Now, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a good fantasy novel as much as the next Tolkien or Neil Gaiman fan, but it seems as if the genres of sci-fi and fantasy are being merged together. Fan websites, book shops and review sites more often than not have sci-fi and fantasy packaged up together. ‘Why is this a problem?’ you may ask. It is because the genres of fantasy and sci-fi are becoming lost within one another.» >

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By the power of twitter

Twitter, the social media giant, boasts the largest growing network in the world. Figures illustrate that at least 21% of the internet population are now active on the social network. This may not seem as large as one would think, however, when put into context the full scale of this figure is revealed. Consider the fact that only 35% of the worlds population have access to the internet. This means that over half of those that use the internet are regular users of Twitter!» >

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Unmasking Neuroscience: Are you smarter than a dead salmon?

Brain imaging studies are becoming increasingly prolific in the news and on websites, blogs
and journals. Some of these have good internal and external validity, methodology and peer
reviews, however a substantial amount do not. The study of brain imaging had its inception
back in 1895 on the 8th November when Wilhelm Röntgen discovered X­rays, and since this
time methods and analysis for investigating functional and anatomical aspects of the brain
have ever since improved and are still doing so today. » >

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