The discussion was steered by the audience’s questions, comments, and experiences. Panelists shared that the oceans have always been a model for science fiction movies about space since very little of it has been explored yet. Extraterrestrial life might not just be carbon-based, scientists are looking at silicon-based life. And reproduction might not be needed to define life, since nerds don’t reproduce yet are considered to be alive (haha).
The audience explored questions like: How true to science should science fiction movies be? In a society that isn’t science-literate, should science fiction movies be a method in which people learn about science? Or would that limit the possibilities? Most audience members agree that science fiction movies should at least be true to the methodology of science, so that one scientist isn’t the chemist, biologist, and physicist all rolled in one. But film experts shared the reality of filmmaking. It turns out real science isn’t as entertaining as science fiction science.
Even though many of the large questions about the role of science fiction in our society were left unanswered, everyone agrees science fiction is a gateway to imagination, which is very much needed in science. The two will always be entwined.
If you weren’t able to make it out to this event and want to find out what was discussed, check out the storified twitter-convo. The tweets during this event were hilarious and educational all at the same time!
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COSEE Florida, Nerd Nite Miami, and the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival came together to bring the nerd to another level. We had an amazing panel of experts to spark conversation, debunk misconceptions, and answer audience questions about the real science behind science fiction.
The panelists included: Dean Lyon a visual effects expert that is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings, Armageddon, Independence Day, and many other great science fiction movies. Eric Swain a hydrologist for the United States Geologic Survey, a science fiction writer/producer/director, and one of the founding members of the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival. Matthew Hogan a graduate student at Florida Atlantic University doing research on quantum gravity and cosmology. And Nathan Laxague a graduate student at University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences doing research on the physics of air-sea interactions, and a co-boss of Nerd Nite Miami.