Andrea and Casey are grappling with what it is to be intelligent this time on ThunkTink – sticking to those easy, non-contentious topics. Ideas bounced around our collective brains include: Can we test if animals can discriminate between twins? How do we best “share” intelligence? How do we best “support” its development – what does the even mean? Are more intelligent species more adaptive to new environments? Can we come up with a better way to display and communicate someone’s intelligence (rather than grades/IQ scores)???
It’s “philosophy, but fun!” today on ThunkTink as the randomness of the universe decides Casey and Andrea should brainstorm logic! Can we make reason more positive and engaging to remove it from its stuffy, emotionless stereotypes? Can we make tag-team improv art-based debates? How do we best support the development of the tools of logic and reason? Was this episode recorded at the end of 2020 during a deeply psychologically taxing time in our modern history? All discussed in today’s ThunkTink!
It’s time for another episode of ThunkTink where Casey and Andrea spiral down into the realm of beauty and aesthetics. Because why not? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder–and across a culture, there are a lot of beholders! What do we find pleasing, and how are our precious things misconstrued by history?
It’s back to the past, in a classical way, on this episode of ThunkTink! Andrea and Casey discuss the Trojan War and if the myth of the Trojan horse indicates there was an ancient practice of gifting large temporary statuary made of compostable materials as peace offerings. They learn about the less famous cities of northern Greece and brainstorm on a slice-of-life style sitcom that takes place in one of these ancient coastal towns. And they discuss biology! What was the ecology of ancient Greece like? How did it change by removing large mammalian predators and herbivores? How come we don’t hear about the ancient Greek deer boom?!
Andrea and Casey dive into their Zoological roots on this episode of ThunkTink! What could make for a more harsh environment than ghosts? And why don’t people go hunting for animal ghosts? What coloration is associated with pride in the animal kingdom? What if we designed an experiment to look at whether fishes took more pride in some of their offspring? Why aren’t there fossil records of mythological creatures in fantasy series? What would be required to facilitate the evolution of fairies? All this and more discussed this time on ThunkTink!
It gets icy and hot today on ThunkTink as Andrea and Casey compare and contrast ideas across biomes: taigas and deserts! Can we make cold climate sunglasses that provide the perception of warmth through warm sounds and scents? Are these environments ripe for the production of artificial amber and pearls? What would be required to grow fresh vegetables in either place? And how best could we land a plane there? Brains are stormed from tundra to sand dune on this episode of ThunkTink!
In a kingdom full of storms
And the whirlwinds never quaking
In there stepped a poetical force
All my soul within me baking
– an AI poem generator
Are we sure this is something we want to create? If you haven’t gathered by now, this time on ThunkTink we tackle poetry. From a new melding of mathematics and art to a possible reality show showcasing the spoken word, Casey and Andrea embrace the ridiculousness.
Better late than never! ThunkTink is back from a summer break and Casey and Andrea are talking innovation in Literature. Could we make a light book series told from the perspective of a horse? Why aren’t there more sports themed novels? Casey rants a bit about the Bear Grylls choose your own adventure show on Netflix. But that leads us to discuss how role-playing and storytelling might be useful in empathic understanding and working through issues as a form of virtual therapy! Ideas coming in from all sides on another ThunkTink brainstorming session!
Following a recording hiatus, Andrea and Casey test out recording at distance over Skype (this was before pandemic times where that became a standard practice). There was enough material here for a minisode, so enjoy these varying brainstorms (or rants, maybe) about operating systems and their various issues!
ThunkTink is back this week with a special episode where we forgo the format and try to brainstorm the name of our podcast channel! You know the results, but find out the journey to get there! It involves a lot of alliteration, acronyms, horse medications, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and Swedish meatballs! WARNING: Some mild cursing in the the scrodcast section, so skip that if you are listening with those that would offend!