Storytelling in Science

Every aspect of our lives gives way to numerous stories that are then compiled together to create bigger stories. We tell these stories to our families and our friends every day and that is what makes scientific storytelling so interesting. Being able to convey a story to inform and educate someone on a subject that they might not understand or to connect people to unfamiliar topics in an interesting way is what I think scientific storytelling is all about. We are already accustomed to telling stories, absorbing information from the story and then coming to a conclusion or to a place where questions are asked which in return creates more stories. It is how we learn and how we have been taught since the beginning of time.

I found both of these articles compelling and informative. It seems to me that there have always been stories told that explain the research of scientists and how the data they have collected might be presented to the public in order to educate the masses. I found it interesting that there were rules already in place as guide lines for what and how a story should and could be told in the scientific community. I am not however surprised at the stringency of those rules while being eluding, and have decided to keep a copy of them on the wall by my desk so as to reference them on occasion when I feel the need to be precise in what I do.

I really enjoyed the second article on visualization of the scientific data and how it is a fundamental way of connecting people together to learn about everything imaginable. I personally find that I learn more from visual forms more than say reading or writing. There are many ways to produce visual media and I find the notion of being able to interact with the media particularly fascinating. It”s like that old TV show where the scientists climb into a submarine and are shrunk down to the size of an atom and then travel through the human body learning about how our bodies work. Take that scenario, make it an interactive learning tool and I think that people would retain more information. If they were able to partake in the story that they are learning about or are interested in they would be more involved in the whole process of what the scientists are discovering every day. There have always been stories associated with science and I think that the more we pursue visual media the more people will benefit from that media.


One thought on “Storytelling in Science

  1. By the very nature of communication we tell stories. It just depends on what kind of story that we tell and by what method we deliver our story. Science is a continuous story that is the transference of previous research. Each one of us can take a story and experiment with its content in our own way. We will then come up with our own theories (sounds like research). As we develop new ways and methods of story telling we will also incorporate new rules and constraints. But, rest ashore that those new rules and constraints won’ stay in place for long. That’s science. I think that story telling, verbally and visually are a more natural way of teaching than written word. They allow us to connect and be involved. Interactivity creates a hands on environment that is invaluable to learning through stories.

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