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!
Ideas get banged, bruised, broken and stitched back together as today’s ThunkTink covers orthopedic traumas, like broken bones! Casey and Andrea discuss their history on the side of the no broken bones club, try to develop a ventilation and oxygenation system that will stop the lungs to allow broken ribs to set, innovate on a immunological passport/commuting system to allow cells from one bone to travel to and assist in the repair of another, and explore a means of storing excess nutrients in the bones for rainy days. Casey also rants about a complete breakfast for a bit. A classic episode!
ThunkTink is back with a banger (and mash) today! Andrea and Casey brainstorm all things London from their very limited, mostly media-based knowledge/experience base. Could we reverse wind farms to blow away thick, dangerous clouds of fog and smog? What are British Christmas Pantos and can we make our own American Pantomime (note: this episode was recorded prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic and so naively discusses the possibility of outside events in 2020)? How do you get enough energy in the morning to even make a full breakfast? Brappetizers! All this and more brainstormed on this episode!
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!
After a brief recording break, Andrea and Casey are back to brainstorm – this time about intellectual property! Can they sort through the chaos to find the perfect IP to remake? Who owns a cat video really, the owner or the cat? And then they just kind of tangent off about science and intellectual property before being cut short by the podcast pups! A true return to form for ThunkTink.