What do you think when you hear the word “scientist? ” If you think of Doc Brown from “Back to the Future” or a man wearing a lab coat or glasses, having bushy hair, holding instruments of knowledge like clipboards and calculators, relevant captions Like “eureka! ,” etc. You wouldn’t be alone. Pop culture and Hollywood has painted this Image of scientists and it has been widely accepted for years without question. Of course, as we have grown up, we all know that Isn’t true; so what Is a scientist? What do they look like and what is it they do?
When I hear the word “scientist,” first and foremost I think of a man, there are women scientists but for many years white men dominated this occupation. Two of the most common characteristics of scientists are curiosity and patience (censoriousness. Com). Succulents are curious about the world around them, and they yearn to learn what makes everything work. Their Inquisitiveness keeps them going ahead to the next project and the next experiment.
Perseverance, self-confidence and a never say die attitude are a few more qualities that scientists have in common. E scientist that comes to mind Is Dry. Stephen Hawking, the astronomer who has achieved so much and enlightened the world with his knowledge of the universe; fictionally, I think of Dry. Bruce Banner, the scientist that was exposed to gamma radiation and when angered morphs into the Incredible Hulk. My vision of what a scientist looks like has changed dramatically. As a child, I was an avid comic book reader and my favorite was The Amazing Spenserian. He had an enemy he fought all the time named “Dry. Octopus,” a brilliant scientist who reared these octopus-like arms that were grafted to his body.
I always thought that scientists like him were hell bent on ruling the world or destroying it because they were driven insane through their research and by conducting dangerous experiments from the theories they believed they could prove. As I grew older, I realized that not all scientists were evil but essential to how the world works and why things are the way they are. Scientists are people study things and try to figure out patterns or rules to explain how they work. Scientists might study things like the ocean and its creatures, volcanoes, or machines.
They try to identify scientific laws or processes that can be observed over and over and then explain why the process or law happens (sesquicentennials. Com). What actually influenced me was a field trip I went on as a freshman in high school to Bell Labs in Holmdel, NJ. The things they were working on was so fascinating! The scientists took the time to speak to us, explain the deferent types of biological and environmental research they were doing and how it would shape the future of our world. Science fiction scientists have been responsible for numerous fictional disasters.
They’ve reanimated corpses that have come back to kill them. They’ve cloned dinosaurs only to utterly lose control of them. They’ve shrunk their kids and turned themselves Into flies. However, they have also saved numerous lives and the earth on many an occasion. Dry. Robert Manville, the virologist from the movie “l Am Legend” Is one client’s who died saving the world from the virus that was developed to cure cancer but Instead wiped out most of the population and created killer mutants. He was Immune to the effects and found the cure for mankind was in his own blood.
For the most part, fictional scientists are predictions of laughed at their theories. The prototypical fictional mad scientist was Victor Frankincense, creator of the Frankincense monster which, by the way, wasn’t his fault at all. His assistant, Igor, dropped the brain that was supposed to be used and replaced it with the brain of an insane person. While he did create this monster from body parts robbed from graves, he wasn’t responsible for the monster’s rampage. Science in fictional media can have both a positive and negative effect in the world.
Sometimes science fiction is based on actual science, Just exaggerated to have a desired effect of possibility and speculation of possibility. A fundamental misunderstanding everywhere in the world is that material in the mass media presented in a scientific manner is real science. Unfortunately, it seldom is. It is largely pseudoscience, intransigence, superstition, and dogma (Berkeley. Deed). People tend to believe what they read without the benefit of research to see whether or not hat they have read is true, they will assume it is until proven otherwise.
I do believe the portrayal of scientists in the fictional media have an influence on how society views them. Although their intelligence and work are highly respected, that admiration does not seem to extend to other aspects of their lives. The charming and charismatic scientist is not an image that populates popular culture. For example, the entertainment industry often portrays certain professions such as medicine, law, and journalism as exciting and glamorous, whereas scientists and engineers are almost always portrayed as unattractive, reclusive, socially inept white men or foreigners working in dull, unglamorous careers.
The portrayal of science in the media has a very large influence on the research in science done today and what society thinks about it. I remember the controversy (which is still controversial today) made about the ramifications of stem cell research and where they come from; which had fanned the flames of an already heated topic: abortion (time. Com). Some people have expressed discomfort at using embryonic stem cells for research, saying that retiled embryos constitute human life.
Generally these embryos are only a few days old; many of them are fertilized embryos left over from in vitro fertilization procedures and would normally be thrown away (discovery. Com). Science and the scientists have been made out to be so many things; evil, dangerous, helpful, insightful, beneficial, harmful and even detrimental to life itself. One thing is for sure, science and its portrayal in the various media outlets will forever be here either to entertain or educate us in every capacity.