There’s something to say about a person with a deluge of optimism in their abilities to lead, unfounded or not. While it might seem that being preternaturally overconfident and reckless in wielding power for power’s sake would be dangerous, evolution seems to indicate otherwise. In 2011, evolutionary biologist Dominic Johnson traced the evolution of overconfidence, or narcissism, with game theory, suggesting that the boost of overconfidence that some people seemed to have about their abilities worked as a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. It might seem like magical thinking, but the fact is that while narcissism can drive leaders towards wars, financial collapses, and self-delusions about how much they can influence policy, a mild sense of delusion about one’s abilities can be a good thing. … [Read more...] about Donald Trump and the Success of the Narcissistic Sociopath
As I’ve written before, we are in a situation unlike that of any living thing in history: We evolved in a world that required a lot of physical work to get scarce and precious calories. That world no longer exists. Today we have as much food energy as we want and it takes zero energy-cost to get it. This is a recipe for population-wide weight gain. Indeed, those of us responding to this environment by indulging those powerful physiological and psychological imperatives to GET MORE ENERGY, and then to STORE THAT ENERGY, are simply responding naturally to our surrounding environment. … [Read more...] about Why Science Says It’s OK to Stay Fat
While some would argue that the worst thing to have spawned from Marvel’s extended cinematic universe is an overreliance on the superhero genre in general, there’s been something arguably more damaging at play. The unprecedented commercial success of the interconnected, multi-branched nature of the MCEU caused other studios to crave similar long-term profits and so franchises suddenly grew exponentially, in every possible direction, whether they needed to or not. The most disastrous example of this came from Universal who saw the trend as a way of relaunching and combining their many monster movies as part of the newly coined Dark Universe. A logo was released along with a promotional image of cast members from films that hadn’t yet started production, an ambitious yet ultimately foolish gamble given that the first of these, 2017’s The Mummy, was then rejected by audiences and critics. … [Read more...] about The Invisible Man review – Elisabeth Moss brings murky thriller to life
The status of the expanded universe books, games and comics within the Star Wars canon has long been something of a grey area. "While Lucasfilm always strived to keep the stories created for the EU consistent with our film and television content as well as internally consistent, George Lucas always made it clear that he was not beholden to the EU," the statement added. … [Read more...] about Star Wars ‘expanded universe’ stories to feature in Episode VII? A fat hope
First came the predictable news that rival Warner Bros was planning its own series of linked superhero movies based on its rights to the DC Comics back catalogue (famous for Batman, Superman, the Justice League and so on). Then Sony announced doomed proposals to exploit its limited rights to Spider-Man by pushing for films based on related characters such as Venom and the Sinister Six team of supervillains. Twentieth Century Fox was at one point expected to follow suit with a run of movies based on individual X-Men characters, but at the moment seems happy putting out the odd Wolverine episode in among its series of films about the ongoing mutant battle between Professor X and Magneto. … [Read more...] about Who I gotta call to stop the Ghostbusters universe expanding?