Here’s looking at you
Filmmakers have tapped laws of perception still unexplored by neuroscience to create a visual feast in the brain
Literary criticism taught me to scrub my feelings out of my reading, but a medieval mystic showed me how to put them back in
A theory of creepiness
A bear chasing you is simply scary but a guy with a big mouse’s head can give you the creeps. What’s the difference?
Getting things moving
The most important moments in invention are sometimes the imaginative leaps – even when they turn out to be dead-ends
The pleasure of their pain
Why the punishment and humiliation of reality TV contestants provides such a satisfying and deep pleasure
The top of the globe has always meant fantasy, myth, adventure. What explains the icy northern grip on our imagination?
It’s not just your imagination. Horror films are much more scary than they were in the past. Here’s how they do it
Dispatches from the ruins
The human world has become bafflingly complex and strangely fragile making apocalypse the easiest thing to imagine
Working on TV
The golden age of TV drama raises some big questions about work and the meaning of life
Throughout evolutionary history, we never saw anything like a montage. So why do we hardly notice the cuts in movies?