If you know anything about science, you understand that it is a highly complex human endeavor that mixes perseverance and luck, eccentricity and training, feasts and famines. As a medium, film has the potential to bring us into the inner world of science, breaking down misconceptions about the nature of science by creating an alternative narrative.
Science & the City teams with the Imagine Science Film Festival (ISFF) to present a panel discussion about telling the stories of science through film. Moderating this panel will be A Planet of Viruses author Carl Zimmer. On the panel will be Sean Carroll, PhD (evolutionary biologist and founder of the Howard Hughes Medical institute's Documentary Institute); David J. Heeger, PhD (neuroscientist who studies the brains under the influence of cinematic stimuli); Darcy Kelley, PhD (biologist at Columbia University); and Valerie Weiss, PhD (scientist and award-winning writer and director, Losing Control).
At this event, ISFF will also presents the Film Lab, a new initiative that brings scientists and filmmakers together to generate short films.
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One of the signature traits of being human is our quest to define what it means to "be human." But that definition is always changing—now perhaps more than ever. From virtual reality to mundane reality, science and technology continue to push the boundaries of human existence. In this series, Science & the City will examine what it means to be human in the 21st century.
Other upcoming events in this series:
• System Overload: The Limits of Human Memory, September 6, 2011
• Virtual Humanity: The Anthropology of Online Worlds, November 9, 2011
• Familiar but Strange: Exploring our Relationship with Robots, December 5, 2011
• Matchmaking in the Digital Age, February 15, 2012
Learn more about the series here.