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Why narrativium matters

It was Terry Pratchett who coined the term ‘narrativium’ as the element upon which we humans run.

HonoraryWizardsIt was New Optimist Jack Cohen who describes us humans as pan narrans, the storytelling rather than homo sapiens. (And Jack and mathematician Ian Stewart joined forces with Terry Pratchett to write the Science of Discworld series, and thereby became Hon Wizards of the Unseen University.)

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The Arts Council & the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios: The Narrativium Project

It was Terry Pratchett who first coined the word ‘narrativium’ as the element upon which we humans run.

We are, after all, pan narrans, the story-telling ape. It’s new “narrativium” we need to drive radical change in our response to the huge global challenges we’re facing.

PrintTo this end, the Arts Council have funded us to take everything we’ve learned from scientists and others on the Birmingham 2050 Scenarios Project and create “narrativium”, multi-media stories from the future.

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Books for Xmas: Better Angels, Wired for Culture and . . . SOD4

SOD4New Optimist Jack Cohen irreverently refers to the latest Science of Discworld novel which he co-authored with Terry Pratchett and Ian Stewart as “SOD4”.

Be that as it may, it’s a great read as you’d expect from three such scientifically informed wits — so a good pressie to give this Christmas-tide.

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Face to Face with the New Optimists: Jack Cohen on reproductive biology

In the first of a new series we’re running called Face to Face with the New Optimists, we spoke to Professor Jack Cohen. An Honorary Professor of Mathematics at Warwick University and a Fellow of the Institute of Biology, Jack has written several books including the Science of Discworld series.

His essay in The New Optimists is about reproductive biology, the science behind why we look like and inherit traits from our ancestors. The first part of our interview here looks at emerging theories, in particular changing theories around genetics

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