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Device is a monthly book discussion with a science-based twist. In each episode, we discuss a story that uses science to drive the action of the plot and dissect it for scientific integrity. Frequently, authors incorporate scientific phenomena as a plot device in their fictional stories. This can create thrilling tension, progress the plot, and/or provide the foundation for a philosophical debate. Often a caricature of science is described; it isn't always realisitically plausible. In San Diego, we have top-class research institutions and innovative technology start-ups which can help us review various scientific plot devices critically. We'll discuss the alterations made, if any, for the sake of the story. How much was intentional hyperbole, willful manipulation, or perhaps ignorance? Were the alterations minor, and the device highlights a natural wonder? Or does it contribute to the public’s misunderstanding of science? In short, does it pay off?

Device Interviews Emily T. Griffiths

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Device is a monthly book discussion with a science-based twist. In each episode, we discuss a story that uses science to drive the action of the plot and dissect it for scientific integrity. Frequently, authors incorporate scientific phenomena as a plot device in their fictional stories. This can create thrilling tension, progress the plot, and/or provide the foundation for a philosophical debate. Often a caricature of science is described; it isn't always realisitically plausible. In San Diego, we have top-class research institutions and innovative technology start-ups which can help us review various scientific plot devices critically. We'll discuss the alterations made, if any, for the sake of the story. How much was intentional hyperbole, willful manipulation, or perhaps ignorance? Were the alterations minor, and the device highlights a natural wonder? Or does it contribute to the public’s misunderstanding of science? In short, does it pay off?

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