I love viruses.
And so should you.
Once again, a BIG THANK YOU to The Thinking Atheist for putting this together and uploading it for us!!!
1– I never talk more than 30-35 minutes, because that is the extent of my attention-span :-/ Which leaves at least 10 minutes for a Q&A!
2– They didnt record the Q&A :-/ Which sucks because the audience always has THE BEST QUESTIONS. THE BEST QUESTIONS! Its always my favorite part of any presentation. Laymen never give themselves enough credit– often prefacing their question with ‘This is probably a dumb question…’ NO! Theyre always GREAT questions! ASK THEM!!!
3– In this talk, I touch on a pet-peeve of mine: Treating the audience like theyre stupid. The assumption that regular folks wont get/be interested in real science unless you explain science to them in the context of a retro video game or currently popular movie/TV show/fad. “Understand epidemiology through ‘Walking Dead’!!! DERP!!!”
Isnt it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?
Isnt it enough viruses have killed and maimed millions and millions and millions of people, without having to make up ‘ZOMG ZOMBIES!!!’?
Isnt it enough that we are using viruses to change, to save peoples lives, without having to dumb these modern feats of man down to Pokemon and Resident Evil analogies?
Science, reality, is freaking cool. I hope I conveyed that in this talk.