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Historic video of Ig Nobel Peace Prize-winning Taiwan legislature

September 15th, 2020

 

This historic news video comes with the description:

The Legislative Yuan of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is probably the most notable modern example of legislative violence. In the history of the Legislative Yuan, numerous violent acts have occurred during parliamentary sessions. It is popularly referred to locally as ‘Legislator Brawling’ (Taiwanese Mandarin: 立委群毆). In 1995, the Legislative Yuan was presented with the Ig Nobel Prize Peace Award, for “demonstrating that politicians gain more by punching, kicking and gouging each other than by waging war against other nations”.

2 Days Until…

September 15th, 2020

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

This is but a small excerpt of the world premiere of the Ig Nobel mini-opera “The Count of Infinity” from the 2005 15th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony.

This is a glimpse from a past ceremony, tune in to see what this year will bring.

The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will be webcast September 17, 2020 at www.improbable.com

“I Linked Arms with Ig Nobel and Nobel Prize Winners”– an Ig Nobel Prize favorite moment

September 14th, 2020

This historic Ig Nobel Favorite Moment video stars Vijaya Sundaram, who gave birth to a Miss Sweetie Poo and, years later, sang in an Ig Nobel opera.

The Ig Nobel Prizes honor achievements that make people LAUGH, then THINK.

The 30th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony will be webcast September 17, 2020 at www.improbable.com.

Coordinator, Narrator, & Typist: Seth Gliksman

Some Words Straight from the Harts

September 14th, 2020

The Ig Nobel honors achievements that first make you LAUGH, then THINK.

In this Ig Nobel 24/7 Lecture, Chris and Briget Hart explain to you the Ig Nobel 24/7 lecture.

They also invite you to support the Ig Nobel Ceremony by visiting:
www.improbable.com/donate/

Boredom at the cinema – an exploration [study]

September 14th, 2020

 

Have you ever been profoundly bored watching a film? If so, is it possible that you may have overlooked the positive aspects of profound boredom? Either way(s), there’s an article on the subject of cinematic boredom in the current issue of the journal Film Philosophy, in which Dr Chiara Quaranta of the University of Edinburgh, argues that :

“[…] boredom – that from which we daily try to shy away – has the potential to un-conceal the ways we understand and interact with moving images in the world we currently inhabit.”

See (in full) : A Cinema of Boredom: Heidegger, Cinematic Time and Spectatorship, Film-Philosophy, Volume 24 Issue 1, Page 1-21.

Note: The film above (cited in the article) is ‘On Venom and Eternity’ (Traité de Bave et d’Éternité, 1951), from Isidore Isou, whom, Dr Quaranta explains, set out to “ […] dismantle cinema as entertainment; that is, he wished to destroy cinema as a way of killing time to escape boredom.”

Research research by Martin Gardiner

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