Beyond 42: How science can use stories to explain life, the universe and everything

I’m thrilled to be welcoming Scientific American’s blog editor Bora Zivkovic to the University of Alberta, March 5-9, 2012. As part of his visit, please join us Friday, March 9 for a special night of story telling and music where we’ll find the people, places and things that make science what it is.

Featuring host Bora Zivkovic, musical story telling with Robin Woywitka and the Super 92, and local story tellers from Edmonton’s science community.

Bora Zivkovic is enthusiastic about explaining science through stories. He encourages his writers and others to move away from the the inverted pyramid of science reporting, where the most important findings come first to telling us what really happens in the lab and in the field.

“”Human beings are natural story tellers and story listeners,” says Bora. “While presenting data in a table takes training, we are all naturally attuned to stories. Telling a science story as a story is a wonderful way to hook people in. I think it’s a natural way of talking and explaining things”

Stories don’t always have to be the written kind either. Robin Woywitka will be keeping the night rocking with prairie roots music and story telling songs. Robin is an archeologist and musician who knows the importance of keeping stories simple so they can get at the truth. “When you’re doing science, you always want to eradicate noise. You want to get the noise out of your data. And I think a really good song writer does the same thing. You get rid of the noise out of the subject that you’re talking about. You don’t want to have a song that’s just all this detail. You want to find the trend underneath. Those are the songs that people connect to the most.”

Come on out for night of stories and science you won’t forget.

Friday, March 9, 2012 Doors 8pm
The Artery, 9535 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta


7 responses to “Beyond 42: How science can use stories to explain life, the universe and everything”

  1. […] This week, we’re talking science and storytelling. Guest host Marie-Claire Shanahan speaks to science journalist and author Deborah Blum about her national bestseller The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. The book tells the fascinating story of the way that chemical detectives started a revolution in the investigation of crime. And Desiree Schell talks to Bora Zivkovic, blog editor at Scientific American, about a new event that teaches science through personal stories. […]

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