Creating Possible Worlds – When fact is better than sci-fi

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Creating Possible Worlds - When fact is better than sci-fi


  Last updated April 21, 2020 at 4:59 pm


For legendary documentary-maker Ann Druyan, when the universe is as amazing as it is, why isn’t sci-fi based on fact?

Why This Matters: The universe is astonishing, and it’s being revealed before our eyes.

To Ann Druyan, creator of the Cosmos TV show, we find things so much more engaging when they resemble as close to real life as they can.

Why, when we have such powerful capabilities to simulate reality, do we use it to just blow things up. Instead, we could be using it to reveal the incredible universe we know through science, she says.

“Science-fiction, when they get the science right, is so much more compelling.”

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Teach This: Education Resource: Creating Possible Worlds – Ann Druyan

We sat down with the executive producer, director and writer of the National Geographic series Cosmos: Possible Worlds. From science fiction to the importance of science in everyday life, she is a woman on a mission.

If we’re not engaging with science, experiencing it, and involving ourselves with it, how can we be informed decision makers? That is her dream for science communication – to inspire, inform, and build society.

In association with National Geographic and Swinburne University of Technology.

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