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Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story By Randy Olson,

  • Title: Houston, We Have a Narrative: Why Science Needs Story
  • Author: Randy Olson
  • ISBN: 9780226270708
  • Page: 191
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Ask a scientist about Hollywood, and you ll probably get eye rolls But ask someone in Hollywood about science, and they ll see dollar signs moviemakers know that science can be the source of great stories, with all the drama and action that blockbusters require That s a huge mistake, says Randy Olson Hollywood has a lot to teach scientists about how to tell a story Ask a scientist about Hollywood, and you ll probably get eye rolls But ask someone in Hollywood about science, and they ll see dollar signs moviemakers know that science can be the source of great stories, with all the drama and action that blockbusters require That s a huge mistake, says Randy Olson Hollywood has a lot to teach scientists about how to tell a story and, ultimately, how to do science better With Houston, We Have a Narrative, he lays out a stunningly simple method for turning the dull into the dramatic Drawing on his unique background, which saw him leave his job as a working scientist to launch a career as a filmmaker, Olson first diagnoses the problem When scientists tell us about their work, they pile one moment and one detail atop another moment and another detail a stultifying procession of and, and, and What we need instead is an understanding of the basic elements of story, the narrative structures that our brains are all but hardwired to look for which Olson boils down to And, But, Therefore, or ABT At a stroke, the ABT approach introduces momentum And , conflict But , and resolution Therefore the fundamental building blocks of story As Olson has shown by leading countless workshops worldwide, when scientists eyes are opened to ABT, the effect is staggering suddenly, they re not just talking about their work they re telling stories about it And audiences are captivated Built on principles that are applicable to fields far beyond science, Houston, We Have a Narrative has the power to transform the way science is understood and appreciated, and ultimately how it s done.
    Houston We Have a Narrative Why Science Needs Story Ask a scientist about Hollywood and you ll probably get eye rolls But ask someone in Hollywood about science and they ll see dollar signs moviemakers know that science can be the source of great sto

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    1. This was a surprisingly good book I ll admit I have a professional interest in the subject how can scientists better communicate their ideas and make them relevant to the public After starting out very skeptically I never read how to or advice books Olson s direct, deceptively simple ideas started to make sense and by the end I realized that his arguments had fundamentally changed my views of something I thought I understood very well.I won t get into the specifics it would be unfair to Olson an [...]

    2. I received this book for free at a workshop I had been putting off reading it because while I knew it was going to be informative and important for me to read, I also knew that I was going to have to force myself through it, to read a chapter a night for example, as I do with many non fiction writing books I was so very wrong to wait This book was interesting, engaging, and spoke to many issues that I personally have with writing I will be recommending this book to many of my fellow science writ [...]

    3. Olson quickly identifies the current problem of scientific writing and presents a very simple simple, bold idea on how to change it BUT he could not achieved a consensus with his peers, and other authors that studied the same problem Much of his work, so far, is based on outliers THEREFORE, I will keep Olson s under my radar, but look book is longer than it should be.

    4. I think I would have liked this if I d read it a year past Connection, not right away There s a lot of repetition, which would have been helpful then, but just felt repetitive now Overall it s still a good resource with some great new ideas, and will definitely be a helpful addition to my work library.

    5. the content was interesting, but i wanted to throttle the narrator there was something about him that just made me want to jump head first into the abyss if i had to read another south park reference or name drop that has absolutely no significance to me, i would have combusted.

    6. if you can get pass Randy s name dropping and the random fluff a out Abe Lincoln, there s some good advice there for scientists

    7. Yield to Narrative For a little than the past decade, I ve always wanted to be a good writer I wanted to write good stories, with compelling ideas, great characters, funny moments, and grand emotional truths But I ve always failed, abandoning midway, overwhelmed by my incoherence, scatteredness, lack of narrative drive, or embarrassing sentimentality I could never make sense of my episodic impressions, my descriptive fragements or rambling tirades Until now This book explains in merely the firs [...]

    8. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication and Randy Olson know it very well, but he does not follow this rule repeating itself too much Therefore it would be a good idea to make a second succinct edition, with an extra chapter on how to address all the issues raised by the controversy in a narrative way too.

    9. Surprisingly useful Worth a read for people interested in science communication And definitely knows science, given his background.

    10. It was through a tip from twitter NicoleBittel that I learned about this book Reading it, I found these extracts particularly useful A story needs to be simple Page 76 Simplicity is the essence of effective communication Page 27 30 Simplicity is at the core of art, and story dynamics thrive on simplicity In science, on the contrary, complexity is the norm Complexity can be so overstimulating that the recipient does not retain anything Page 191 Avoid jumping around in time Page 40 and 191 It is s [...]

    11. So many scientists and doctors I know are terrific at science, and SO impressively smart Kudos to their years of training, discipline, self sacrifice And yet many perhaps most have no idea how to tell a story In fact, telling stories is often construed as lying, or at the very least, being unscientific, and not evidence based It is a terrible tragedy, therefore, as the Internet echo chamber relentlessly promotes those who can write a tagline, a teaser, a STORY autism and vaccines, anyone , and t [...]

    12. This book is an excellent overview of what story is and what it isn t , and how to understand the story that s behind any message a writer is trying to convey I wasn t quite won over by his arguments about how scientists need to change their message often the message is negative something we simply have to live with and respond to effectively, e.g climate change , and as someone who reads a fair number of scientific papers albeit as a naturalist not a professional scientist , I can t say I agree [...]

    13. A great read for those who are looking to become better storytellers, whether to communicate in science or to tell better stories at the bar This book is thorough and well researched, with the author using his personal experience transitioning from the world of science into the world of Hollywood, as well as research on the history of story telling to compose a instructive narrative that aims to make us all better writers Olson makes it clear that he is still learning, AND that good storytelling [...]

    14. A la hora de hablar de ciencia hay que contar historias.Es verdad, la ciencia son n meros, y datos, y estad stica y peleas con el instrumental Pero tambi n son historias personajes que se meten al laboratorio cada d a con la esperanza de avanzar un poquito en lo que saben Personas que luchan contra enemigos que son invisibles porque o bien no sabemos verlos o bien porque los ignoramos tan fuerte como nos es posible, como el cambio clim tico.Por eso tenemos que contar esas historias Porque son im [...]

    15. In this book, Olson goes beyond the call to awareness in Don t Be Such A Scientist and provides actionable ways to construct narrative at all times when communicating science He puts his irreverent, conversational style to good use to liven up the directives and also provide grounding context and reasoning I ve already been using his tips tricks in my work so what better recommendation than that

    16. Actually some really practical tools for constructing and teaching narrative Pretty irritating and typically hollywood chauvinist reductivist author though

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