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December 4, 2013

Take that, selfie! 'Science' also tops

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“You have scientists writing long pieces, purportedly reviews of his new book, basically criticizing him, and then his response is: ‘Hey, buddy. I’m not a scientist. I’m a writer who’s trying to promote the work of scientists. To contextualize it. To make it accessible.’ You know, ‘Don’t blame me for not being a scientist’ is basically his response,” Sokolowski said.

Jason Silva is neither scientist nor academic. He’s a “techno optimist,” filmmaker, “performance philosopher” and host of the popular “Brain Games” show on the National Geographic Channel.

“Ooh, that’s awesome,” he said upon learning of science’s dictionary shout-out. “People are increasingly scientifically minded, and that makes me very happy.”

Count him among those who believe art and science are two sides of the same coin. Right now, thanks to the digital ease of sharing information and the explosion of technology, “The world is infinite. You can indulge your curiosity.”

Are more people looking to science for inspiration, hence looking up the word on a dictionary website for solace or motivation?

“We bear witness to the astonishing capacities for scientific knowledge to aid us in transcending our seeming boundaries, to realize they’re not really boundaries,” Silva offers. “It’s a great thing. Let’s celebrate that.”

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