Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style / Edition 2 by Randy Olson | 9781597265638 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style / Edition 2

Don't Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style / Edition 2

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by Randy Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 1597265632

ISBN-13: 9781597265638

Pub. Date: 09/03/2009

Publisher: Island Press

"You think too much!  You mother F@$#%&* think too much!  You're nothing but an arrogant, pointy-headed intellectual — I want you out of my classroom and off the premises in five minutes or I'm calling the police and having you arrested for trespassing." — Hollywood acting teacher to Randy Olson, former scientist

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Overview

"You think too much!  You mother F@$#%&* think too much!  You're nothing but an arrogant, pointy-headed intellectual — I want you out of my classroom and off the premises in five minutes or I'm calling the police and having you arrested for trespassing." — Hollywood acting teacher to Randy Olson, former scientist

After nearly a decade on the defensive, the world of science is about to be restored to its rightful place.  But is the American public really ready for science?  And is the world of science ready for the American public?

Scientists wear ragged clothes, forget to comb their hair, and speak in a language that even they don't understand.  Or so people think. Most scientists don't care how they are perceived, but in our media-dominated age, style points count.

Enter Randy Olson.  Fifteen years ago, Olson bid farewell to the science world and shipped off to Hollywood ready to change the world. With films like Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus (Tribeca '06, Showtime) and Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy (Outfest '08), he has tried to bridge the cultural divide that has too often left science on the outside looking in.

Now, in his first book, Olson, with a Harvard Ph.D. and formerly a tenured professor of marine biology at the University of New Hampshire, recounts the lessons from his own hilarious-and at times humiliating-evolution from science professor to Hollywood filmmaker.  In Don't Be Such a Scientist, he shares the secrets of talking substance in an age of style. The key, he argues, is to stay true to the facts while tapping into something more primordial, more irrational, and ultimately more human.

In a book enlivened by a profane acting teacher who made Olson realize that "nobody wants to watch you think," he offers up serious insights and poignant stories. You'll laugh, you may cry, and as a communicator you'll certainly learn the importance of not only knowing how to fulfill, but also how to arouse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597265638
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/03/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
216
Sales rank:
370,729
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
 
Chapter 1. Don't Be So Cerebral
Chapter 2. Two: Don't Be So Literal Minded
Chapter 3. Don't Be Such a Poor Storyteller
Chapter 4. Don't Be So Unlikeable
Chapter 5. Be the Voice of Science!
 
Appendix 1. The Sizzle Frazzle
Appendix 2. Filmmaking for Scientists
Appendix 3. Randy Olson
Selected Filmography
Notes  
Acknowledgments
Index

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