Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination at UC San Diego

Mark writes,

The University of California, San Diego and the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation are launching a major center to better understand, enhance and enact the gift of human imagination. Sir Arthur C. Clarke created extraordinary visions of the future that continue to provide insight into the human condition. He transformed our lives by developing the ideas of GPS and satellite communication. We are inspired by this legacy and want to continue it by focusing on Sir Arthur's greatest gift: imagination.

We will bring together thinkers and doers in the arts and information technology, in neuroscience, cognitive science and the physical sciences to help us understand the nature of imagination and to build tools and develop methods that will extend imagination. We have developed our initial approach with a cross-disciplinary team of some of UCSD's world famous scientists, artists and scholars, linking them with a group of award-winning science fiction authors birthed at UCSD.

Uh, birthed? As in, born in the university hospital? I honestly have no idea what they mean here. Maybe "berthed" (sleeping on campus)? Or maybe metaphorically "birthed" by graduating from UCSD?

Center for Human Imagination


  1. Pretty funny, Cory.

  2. Interdisciplinary programs are tough to make work at the university. People love to talk about it, but when it comes to budget time they begin to worry about spending money outside the department and these projects suddenly lose their glow. Also, getting artists and others to work together is very difficult. The rest of campus does not get or appreciate the artists intuitive approach or have any place in their own method for that to fit in. What happens is you have the most conventional artist on the faculty work with these people and it becomes a publicity stunt, not the best work produced by either area. I wish them well. Creativity needs a boost in any culture.

    1.  When I think of the one example I know that is still happening it has become a class specifically to bring science students some news of science related art. A survey course for dis-interested breadth seekers. Hardly a ground breaking program.

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