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We had a great turn-out: One of the many reasons I enjoy giving these lectures is that I can meet people before and after my talk. Yesterday I met a number of interesting folks, including Alexis Gambiswho somehow manages, all at once, to pursue a Ph.
We got to talking about movies and science—there is a lot of buzz these days about how scientists can get involved in the movie-making process. They hope that they can get rid of misleading representations of science in movies, and help movies to convey what science really tells us, or what science really is.
This is my impression from speaking to these folks and reading some of their blogs, etc.
When I get on this subject, as I did with Gambis yesterday, I turn into a raging skeptic. But I started raving yesterday. My favorite science fiction movies generally deal in some really, really bad science. Laws of physics are regular flouted. Aliens make no physiological sense.
Science fiction movies are not really about science. But there are limits to how far this fact-checking can go. Another grad student who was talking with Gambis and me yesterday complained about how bogus forensics is on CSI. Results of DNA tests just pop up in minutes. We watch movies and TV shows to escape reality, not to be enslaved by it.
I will also grant that Hollywood can find huge amounts of inspiration in science. I myself ended up writing about science because it was far weirder than things I could think of myself. What matters most, however, is whether the director knows how to turn the raw ingredients into a good story.
Once I was done with this riff with Gambis, I wondered if I was making any sense. By eerie coincidence, I just got an email from Netflix saying that with my Mac I can now watch an unlimited number of free movies on my computer.Science Happens! By Carl Zimmer.
A video series that takes you inside labs to see discoveries in action. Science Happens! A new video series with Carl Zimmer. By Jeffery DelViscio. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day?
Go to: Distributed Proofreaders. Definitions of "Science Fiction" And what do we even mean by "science fiction" anyway?
In one sense, the first article to define the field was published over years ago, before the field was widely ackonwledged to exist: New Species of Literature "We learn that Mr. R. A. Locke, the ingenious author of the late 'Moon Story' or 'Astronomical Hoax,' is putting on the stocks the frame of a new.
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We need a new definition of what heredity is and, through Carl Zimmer's lucid exposition and storytelling, this resounding tour de force delivers it. 5 out of 5 stars Changed this strict genetic determinist's mind.
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