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The Nat And Digital Gym Cinema Partner For Third Year Of Reel Science

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This Friday, the San Diego Natural History Museum and Digital Gym Cinema partner for the third year in a row to present Reel Science. The film series pairs sci-fi movies with local scientists who contextualize the science presented on screen.

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Speaker 1: 00:00 This friday, the San Diego Natural History Museum and Digital Jim Cinema Partner for the third year in a row to present real science. Real by the way, is spelled r e l k PBS arts report about Doc Amando has this preview of the film series that parish Scifi movies with local scientists who contextualize the science presented on screen. Your original star Trek TV series inspired many people to boldly go into science.

Speaker 2: 00:29 I mean the original star trek was so amazing at a social and science fiction level and I just think about that TV series all the time and the Wa how much fun they were and how much they kind of made me fantasize about the world.

Speaker 1: 00:44 Michael Wallace, curator of entomology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, he says, popular media can be a gateway to science for the general populace because Hollywood is good at storytelling so it can engage the average person and maybe even inspire him or her to think about science in new ways. Eric Lee in artist is a phd candidate and cognitive science at UC SD. He says star trek still inspires him today. I watch it all the time still, especially because it not only deals with sort of like the consequences of science and technology, but also like a way broader political intergalactic politics sort of context and artists kicks off the real science film series this Friday at the digital Jim cinema with David Cronenberg's the fly. I was thinking about sort of the marketability of Jeff Gold blooms body and that makes the museum happy because part of the goal of the real science series is to reach new audiences, especially those in the 18 to 35 age range. And if it takes Jeff Goldbloom to bring them in, that's fine. In the film, Goldblum plays a scientist who experiments with teleportation or are we waiting for, let's do it. Told rotations totally fine. If you're comfortable with a slightly different, you coming out the other end and I found that to be really disturbing, but it reminded me of Star Trek actually the teleportation problem where they were like protesters in the Star Trek Universe saying that they won't tell a fork because they don't think it's the same damn coming out the other side. As it turns out, their concerns are legitimate.

Speaker 3: 02:17 I'm trying to experiment.

Speaker 1: 02:20 During the experiment, Goldblum scientist tries to teach the computer about the flesh,

Speaker 3: 02:25 the flesh.

Speaker 2: 02:27 It should make the computer. Uh, a crazy. I like those old ladies pinching babies, but it's nice and not, yeah, I haven't taught the computer to me, made crazy by the, uh,

Speaker 3: 02:37 flesh.

Speaker 1: 02:39 As a cognitive scientist, Leon artist is interested in the brain. The fly allows him to address a once popular notion that humans are just logical computers and the body doesn't really matter. But what we've learned in the past sort of 20 years ish is that the body matters. A watt and the mind can't really exist a body. That's kind of why I think I chose the fly and Cronenberg because body horror, it throws it in your face. It makes you deal with these issues of like core poor reality and materiality, which are important to me. What's important to Michael Wall are bugs. He closes out the real science series on May 24th with the post apocalyptic film, damnation, alley,

Speaker 4: 03:24 armor plated cockroaches.

Speaker 2: 03:26 I remember being horrified by one particular scene where these cockroaches start chewing on a guy.

Speaker 4: 03:32 His whole town is infected with Kyla cockroaches

Speaker 2: 03:39 and as an entomologist that was my entry point into this movie in particular is thinking about insects and what they will they will be like and how they will survive in sort of a post human morals.

Speaker 1: 03:53 The film also opens the door for wall to discuss the insect apocalypse and the decline of insect diversity worldwide. That in turn allows him to highlight what the museum does as a research facility.

Speaker 2: 04:05 So we've got over 8 million specimens and our in our collections and we're thinking about conservation oriented things quite a lot these days. The impact of climate change on biodiversity in our region. Really trying to use these collections to inform current conservation

Speaker 1: 04:21 and to use a 70 PSI Phi B movie to unexpectedly open up a conversation about such issues. It's that kind of enlightening fund that real science delivers. Beth like Amando k PBS news and again that was k PBS is Daca. Mondo speaking with Michael Wall. Real science kicks off on Friday at digital. Jim Cinema with the fly. Yeah.

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