A whole generation grew up on the Harry Potter books and the films adapted from these books. So, what does it mean? Everybody and their little sister is going to pay attention if you use dear Harry as a teaching prop!
For zoologists, both books and movies are a mine of educational opportunities. All those owls flitting to and fro, bringing wizards messages — oops! The species mentioned in the books are not always the same as those used in the films. In part because, for instance, it would be difficult, and quite dangerous, to have a huge eagle owl landing on the tender shoulders of a school-age kid… (Yes, even Draco.)
Harry Potter and the PSA, by lyosha
Now, if you are a botanist, how about telling us what a real willow looks like? Not like the films’ poor angry Whomping Willow, in any case!
And then, there’s genetics. This is straight from book canon, and basic knowledge about how wizards can be born from Muggles stock. (Hat tip: @SLSingh).
That’s creativity for you, people! Yes, creativity. Science can has it too.
Publié dans Books, Science
Tagué éducation, biology, botany, genetics, Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling, owls, recessive alleles, sciences, willows, zoology
Science made easy! With pictures! Thanks to @BoraZ for the link: Neandering Genes, by Dwayne Godwin and Jorge Cham, in Scientific American MIND)…
Oh, and by the way, remember: the «as much as 4% of our genes» coming from Neandertals is only true for people of European & Asian descent. If you’re African, you should be pure Homo sapiens. Congratulations!
You got to hand it to Steve Novella (Neurologica, SGU, etc.): after a few rounds of harsh criticism from left and right in the skeptics’ camp about his calm, reasoned stance on AGW, he would have been justified to keep quiet for a time and let the ambers cool down, right?
But no, he’s done it again – with GM crops, this time!
Arguing from actual evidence, on such a hot-button topic? Now, that’s being intrepid. I take off my cap to you, sir.