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A shift in how we comprehend the area and ourselves, additional displacing the nature/culture divide as soon as so definitive for modernity
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"You imagine an excessive amount of! You mom F@$#%&* imagine an excessive amount of! You're not anything yet an conceited, pointy-headed highbrow — i need you out of my lecture room and rancid the premises in 5 mins or I'm calling the police and having you arrested for trespassing. " — Hollywood performing instructor to Randy Olson, former scientist
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Scientists put on ragged outfits, overlook to sweep their hair, and communicate in a language that even they don't comprehend. Or so humans imagine. so much scientists don't care how they're perceived, yet in our media-dominated age, variety issues count.
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In a ebook enlivened via a profane appearing instructor who made Olson observe that "nobody desires to watch you think," he bargains up severe insights and poignant tales. You'll chortle, you'll cry, and as a communicator you'll definitely research the significance of not just figuring out easy methods to satisfy, but in addition tips on how to arouse.
In 1997, marine biologist Olson well-known that scientists wanted larger communications talents to deal with a turning out to be backlash opposed to "rational data-based technology. " encouraged via the "power of video," Olson gave up a tenured professorship and went to Hollywood to arrive a broader viewers via filmmaking. The an important lesson he discovered used to be the way to inform a very good tale, a principally absent predicament for scientists, who concentrate on accuracy instead of viewers engagement. It used to be a lesson Olson discovered the tough approach, after his clever layout documentary, Flock of Dodos, flopped for loss of a full of life tale line. by way of "starting with a unusual little tidbit" approximately his mom and the clever layout legal professional she lives subsequent to, Olson came across the hook he was once lacking. Olson values motivation over schooling, trying to Al Gore's An Inconvenient fact ("the most vital and best-made piece of environmental media in history") for a highly winning instance of his ideas in motion. as though to end up all he's discovered, Olson packs this hugely wonderful publication with extra strong tales than sturdy recommendation, spurring readers to reconsider their own conversation kinds instead of ape Olson's instance.
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A book is a node in a network of nodes that are themselves networks. It is a variegated network with all kinds of gaps and disconnects and degrees of freedom wired into it, but it could not be a network at all if that were not the case (since if everything were connected perfectly to everything else, it would constitute an adamantine and eternally frozen crystal). indd 40 9/6/05 10:39:02 AM on me aning . 41 between thoughts and muscular actions—that is, all the more so if dreams are the safety valves for noise or excess that the system generates and must continue to dump or be compromised by.
It was the only thing out of place in the room. I imagined the agate sphere wandering across the moving ﬂoor, confused by such high drama after its billion sedate years in the middle of the continent, almost too neat an allegory for my life at that moment. As a kid, I guess I just got on a wavelength with agates. Their telltale colors and patterns make them leap out, to the trained eye, from the prevailing black basalts, darkly mottled granites, and dull shales. I catch a glimpse of the translucent red glow around the edges of an agate, like a hand held in front of the sun, and my own hand leaps to it.
The beaches of Long Island struck my eye with a stupefying sameness: all whites and beiges and pastels of plain quartzes and light-colored granites, uniformly rounded by the waves, like a vast crowd of nattering voices, and no one speaking to me. Not content even with so much sameness, the town where I lived had the beaches raked periodically with a giant machine, removing every rock larger than a golf ball. In these mostly white-ﬂight suburbs of New York City, stretched out like the beaches along the north shore of Long Island, the dominance of whites and beiges and pastels seemed to deﬁne the people and their houses and clothing no less than the rocks on the beaches.