B-movies and monster science

Linking to a paper by Biomorphologist Michael C. LaBarbera on the biology of B-movie monsters, AlphPsy takes the opportunity to riff on the subject of naïve or folk physics, raising questions about belief, knowledge and the imagination in the process.

I have an interest - and no real expertise - in cognitive psychology, particularly the work of Alison Gopnik and Elizabeth Spelke who have written extensively on childhood knowing. They suggest in so many words that very young children are able to make sophisticated predictions from limited information and develop thought before language - that we are, in a sense, attracted to things with minds.

I'll just say that the cinema is no place to excise that attraction! Google AlphPsy (for some reason my hyperlinks 505) if you're interested in work at the intersection of the sciences and the humanities.