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An Interstellar Perspicacity

An Interstellar Perspicacity

Zeanne Mendoza | December 6, 2014

Interstellar, the long awaited movie! I let out a sigh of relief with the notion that I wouldn’t need to attend chemistry class later! I’ll be honest; my knowledge of the movie was rather limited up until a field trip to watch it came along. The pre-movie trailers alleviated the tension amongst our exorbitantly large Astronomy Club group; I had no idea what I was in for, neither did the rest who watched it with me.

Review – ‘How to Create a Mind’ by Ray Kurzweil

Review – ‘How to Create a Mind’ by Ray Kurzweil

Rohan Roberts 7 July 2013
Ray Kurzweil is probably the boldest, most famous and controversial of the futurists today. In his new book, ‘How to Create a Mind,’ he tackles such difficult subjects as the nature of consciousness, the creation of artificial intelligence, metacognition, and reverse-engineering the human brain.

Review – ‘ Edge of the Universe’ by Paul Halpern

Review – ‘ Edge of the Universe’ by Paul Halpern

A fantastic romp along the frontiers of modern cosmology – and beyond. Halpern makes us wonder about our place in the vast universe, both in space and time, and marvel at the mystery of dark matter, dark energy, extra dimensions, parallel universes, and so much more. — Cliff Pickover

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Review – ‘Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think’ by Peter Diamandis

Rohan Roberts, 18 March 2013
Just when we think we thought we’d reached the dregs of how bad things can possible get for the human condition, along comes a book that slaps seven shades of sense into all the doomsdayers, naysayers, and ecclesiastic soothsayers.

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes us Human

The Tell-tale Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Quest for What Makes us Human

Review by Rohan Roberts 4 January 2013
The sobriquets that have been bestowed upon V. S. Ramachandran are many: Wizard of the Brain; a modern Brocca; the Galileo of neuroscience; …. Eminent biologist, Richard Dawkins, calls V. S. Ramachandran, a ‘Latter-day Marco Polo.’

Film Review: Barton Fink

Film Review: Barton Fink

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Dec 2012
‘Barton Fink’ is a movie in the mould of ‘Mulholland Drive’ and ‘Adaptation’. If you aren’t interested in symbols, metaphors, and allegorical explanations, then it might be best to give this movie a skip.

Review: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

Review: The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)

By Edeline D’Souza

The works of Shakespeare is great in all its forms, but this was something to behold in awe…and, of course, laughter!
The Dubai Drama Group’s rendition of all of the works of Shakespeare (abridged obviously) was a magnificent and downright witty, hilarious, stitch-in-the-side-inducing kind of performance.

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

Book Review: ‘How the Mind Works’ by Steven Pinker

By Rohan Roberts, 1 Oct 2012
Let’s get this out of the way: How the Mind Works does not do what it says on the box – id est, it doesn’t answer the question of how the mind works.

Film Review: ‘Blow-Up’

Film Review: ‘Blow-Up’

Rohan Roberts, 17 August 2012
Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you are easily bored. Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you like your hero to ride out into the sunset as the credits roll. Don’t watch ‘Blow-up’ if you prefer your movies Americanised with neat endings, supersized with special effects, and served to you on a platter all neatly packed with a generous portion of McHollywood drama.

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene

The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos – Brian Greene

Rohan Roberts, 18 May 2012
Brian Greene’s new book doesn’t disappoint. Once again, he’s delivered the goods—complete with ribbons of multiverses, bows of doppelganger particles, and baubles of parallel dimensions.

New Developments 3 – DDG

New Developments 3 – DDG

15 May 2012
Last month a group of Sixth Formers from the Winchester School, made their way to the Jam Jar – a quirky warehouse in Al Quoz that offers a creative space and works to promote artists and support the development of Dubai’s arts scene.

Review – The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

Review – The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations that Transform the World

Rohan Roberts, 4 May 2012
“Brain the size of Birmingham, ego just as big,” is how one reviewer describes David Deutsch. Why? Because in his latest book the frighteningly intelligent Deutsch has the temerity to disagree with the likes of Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, and Jared Diamond—all three luminaries in the field of science. […]

Film Review: Jar City

Film Review: Jar City

Nikita Vyas, 27 January 2012
Jar City is a film from Iceland and is a murder mystery that leads to a series of peculiar and baffling events that leave the audience yearning for an explanation that is cleverly and gradually unravelled.

Iron Man 2 Review

Iron Man 2 Review

Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present the highly anticipated sequel to the blockbuster film based on the legendary Marvel Super Hero “Iron Man,” reuniting director Jon Favreau and Oscar nominee Robert Downey Jr. In “Iron Man 2.”