Peter Watts’ Vampire Lecture

Peter Watts, he of the Blindsight novel I gushed about earlier, has a very amusing and also terrifyingly plausible PowerPoint presentation on evolutionary and biological roots of vampirism, as detailed from the point of view of a scientific researcher whose company is aiming to resurrect (heh) vampires in the present day. If you’ve got about 40 minutes to kill, you might want to check it out (flash required). This iteration of vampirism, incidentally, is the one that is present in Watts’ Blindsight. I found the explanation for the aversion to crosses particularly interesting.

10 Comments on “Peter Watts’ Vampire Lecture”

  1. That was hilarious!!

    I could imagine myself as an audience member at the conference where this case was presented.

  2. Holy Crap! That’s funny stuff, especially those little notes in the bottom right corner: “Pizerfarm, flexible ethics for a complex world.”

  3. MWT, it’s also a useful promotional item for his book, so it’s not just a matter of having free time.

  4. Maybe so, but I’m still very impressed with the lengths he went to getting the science right. At least for all the obscure technical parts where I actually knew something (as a biologist).

    Does “Fizer” mean “funny” in any language? It occurred to me last night that FizerPharm might be “funny farm.”

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