20 May '11, 9pm

Can Scientists Arouse and Fulfill? - Randy Olson reports from Gold Lab health/biotech conference.

THE GOLD LAB SYMPOSIUM – The Ultimate Synthesis of Science and Humanity I wrote a book about communicating science . At the core of what I have to say are two words — arouse and fulfill. Almost all science symposia know how to fulfill. Boy, do they know how to fulfill — just look at the weary scientists at the airport heading home with overloaded brains. At the other end we now have the TED Talks , which know how to arouse, but generally provide such a smattering of topics that they lack a focus (which is somewhat to their credit). But last weekend I got to experience a symposium which managed to run the full spectrum. In my book I talk about the need to engage all four organs — the head, the heart, the gut and the hoo-ha organ. This was a symposium that truly, truly, truly did it. And did so in grand style. It was almost as if the organizer of the symposium, legendary bio...

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