Where did we come from…..and where are we going?
James Ussher, Bishop of Armagh, Ireland. 1581-1656 The first day of creation began on the night preceding October 23, 4004 BC
What was actually happening between 4000-5000BC? Human beings learned to grow crops and settled down in settled communities Rice began to be cultivated in China The wheel was developed in India Humans had learned to brew beer http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/10/c reationist-congress-early- earth_n_2234540.html
It was assumed that all species were created in one instant… Archeopetryx fossil
Charles Darwin (1809-1882) Evolution through natural selection
Where did life come from? Supernatural origins? Extraterrestrial origins? Some sort of process whereby the basic chemicals present in the primitive earth became self replicating, evolving systems? http://www.scifac.hku.hk/kwok/
Genetics and re-engineering humans? http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/craig_ venter_unveils_synthetic_life.html
Science is about fundamental human questions Who we are What we are becoming Where we are going Good science writing needs to connect to these broader themes
Some of the things we are going to look at during the course Climate Change Artificial intelligence Nano technology
Scientists who blog http://scienceblogs.com/ http://www.virology.ws/
News sections of scientific journals http://www.sciencemag.org/ http://www.nature.com/nature/index.html
Popular science magazines http://discovermagazine.com/ http://www.scientificamerican.com/ http://www.newscientist.com/ http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/
A new wave of science journalism http://www.huffingtonpost.com/science/ http://www.wired.com/ http://www.joncohen.org/Jon_Cohen/Bio.ht ml http://www.joncohen.org/Jon_Cohen/Bio.ht ml http://flavors.me/edyong#
Science and development http://www.scidev.net/en/
About science writing Good stories need to connect to broader themes Explain the science What theories are being tested? What are the prevailing theories? What experiments are being used to test the theory? To do this, you need to understand some of the science
Course work One feature length science story ( 1,500-2,000 words) on the work of a scientist in Hong Kong ? Every class, each one of you will talk about the latest stories in one of the following: Nature, Science, Discover, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, Huffington Post Write a paragraph or two, and I will post it on our blog Read Michio Kaku book
Your feature It should be interesting. I should want to read it…. Good stories need human beings, doing things, saying things, thinking things Scientific concepts are abstract; science stories need to make these come alive
Understanding the science Talk to the scientist..ask them to explain in lay terms Read: you might find high school text books useful.
Homework Do the assigned readings Think about your feature- pitch a story One person lead discussion for next class
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