Podcast: What Irks Scientists the Most When They Go to the Movies?
by Ryan Schleeter
December 15, 2015
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Storms that wipe out entire civilizations in a matter of days. Aliens from that visit Earth from a yet-to-be-discovered galaxy (and they speak English). Gargantuan, beach-slaughtering sharks out to destroy the human race.
Movies are full of hyperbole — that’s why we love them!
But there are certain times when filmmakers ask us to suspend our disbelief more than even the most adventurous among us can manage. To help them find the balance, directors and screenwriters rely on a legion of ‘science consultants.’
In this episode, Dr. David Kirby — who spent time interviewing and observing many of these science consultants for his book “Lab Coats in Hollywood” — helps us dig into that fine line between sublime fantasy and falling flat in sci-fi cinema.
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