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Frederick R. Davis on "Science and Passion: A Contradiction?"

23 Mar, 2017

This talk explores the perceived tension between Science and Passion. At its core and by definition, science strives for reason free from emotion. Yet, many biologists express affinity for the organisms they study. They first developed an interest in birds or ants or turtles and then they pursued that interest as biologists and scientists. Rather than a contradiction, it is passion that drives long-term research and fuels efforts to protect species and engage conservation efforts. Moreover, such passion inspires the public and popular environmental activism. "Science and Passion" focuses on three prominent biologists and their subjects of study: Edward O. Wilson (Ants), Archie Carr (Turtles), and Rachel Carson (Birds and the Sea).

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