It’s Friday the 13th! And, admit it, you’re a little creeped out. Just for fun on this peril-fraught day, here are three weird, bizarre, and slightly spooky TEDx Talks.
Enter another dimension with this haunting art video made for TEDxCopenhagen. The weird audio-visual is up for interpretation…a winter pine forest and an endless ventilation duct?
What makes Psycho’s shower scene so scary? In this talk at TEDxUCLA, researcher Dan Blumenstein explains the sounds that put our hair on end.
And finally, a creepy UFO drum because, well, ALIENS:
In the middle of my PhD, I reached a point where I was completely and hopelessly stuck. Every avenue of research that I tried led to a dead end. It seemed like my basic assumptions just stopped working. I felt like a pilot flying through the mist and I lost all sense of direction.
…I stopped shaving; I found it very difficult to get up in the morning. I decided and I felt that I was unworthy of stepping into the gates of the university because I was not like Einstein or Newton or, in fact, any other scientist whose results I had learned about, because no one ever told me that scientists get stuck.
So I couldn’t be a scientist.
…And I noticed — maybe there’s a pattern here. I asked the other graduate students and they said, “Yeah! That’s exactly what happened to us — expect nobody told us. We studied science for thousands of hours, but not one hour of the actual doing of science: how to go into the unknown, what happens when you do research. We were taught that science is a series of logical steps, but it’s nothing like that when you actually do research.”
Uri takes lessons he learned while doing improvisational acting — a hobby that promised him failure from day one, he says — to make accepting roadblocks and uncertainty in scientific research easier to handle for himself, his students and his labmates.
Watch his entire talk here, and check out one of his hilarious songs about being a scientist on YouTube.