Because I think we have so much to learn from the concept of zombies, I have several times blogged about them. Those posts often include references to Dr. Steve Schlozman, Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He's my zombie guru.
Today I point out to you an interview he did as a featured scientist for The Science & Entertainment Exchange, "a program of the National Academy of Sciences, [that] connects entertainment industry professionals with top scientists from across the country." One of my favorite quotes from the interview:
Thinking of the next generation of filmmakers and scientists - what message would you like to share with them?
I'd share two of my favorite quotations. In Howards End, EM Forster writes "Only connect the prose and the passion and both will be exalted." What a beautiful sentiment! The successes of movies like Super 8 right now are based on the willingness to get excited about what's possible. It seems to me that both scientists and filmmakers have this in common. That leads me to another of my favorite literary references. When facing a skeptical Horatio, Hamlet proclaims that "there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, then are dreamt of in your philosophy." Skepticism is never bad, but nihilistic skepticism becomes avoidance, and avoidance kills creativity and believability.
Click to read the whole interview.