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Thursday, February 26, 2009
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
CNLS Conference Room (TA-3, Bldg 1690)


One journalist's misadventures in science writing: Harrowing tales about turning technical ideas into stories the public wants to read

Steven Kotler

Steven Kotler is a New Mexico-based writer. His books include the bestselling novel: The Angle Quickest For Flight, the award-winning investigation of the neuroscience of mystical experience: West of Jesus: Surfing, Science and the Origins of Belief, and the forthcoming A Small, Furry Prayer: Dog Rescue, Animal Altruism, and the Meaning of Life (Bloomsbury 2010). His journalism has appeared in over 50 magazines, his science writing in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Popular Science, Discover, Wired, National Geographic among others. He writes The Playing Field, a blog about the science of sport for, is the Op-Ed editor for the environmental website, and co-directs One Dog At A Time, a dog sanctuary in Chimayo. On February 26th, he\'ll be speaking about the ins-and-outs of science writing, including: how to get hit by a moving train, yelled at by neuroscientists, shot at by gangsters, blown off a waterfall, abducted by pirates and other misadventures on the way to the story. There will also be some bits about what makes a good story, what makes a good research subject, a misguided attempt at semi-virtual reality, and probably something about dogs.

Host: Vadas Gintautas, CNLS and T-5