why science needs creative writers…

this past semester jeff lockwood, mfa faculty member/professor of natural sciences & humanities, had the privilege of interviewing EO Wilson for Wyoming Signatures.  the interview, now posted courtesy of UWTV, can also be viewed in full on You Tube (part 1 // part 2).  of the experience, lockwood had this to say:

“the interview focused on Wilson’s novel, Anthill.  He provides an exceptionally eloquent account for why fiction and literature are vital to modern science—indeed, he suggests a moral obligation of scientists to cultivate their capacity as storytellers in order to communicate vital knowledge to the public.  In short, the preeminent biologist in the world provides a compelling argument for why an ongoing collaboration between writers and natural scientists is critical to our society.  So, if the university administrators that adore science (quite honestly, I do) ever needed a reason to foster the MFA program in creative writing, here it is.”

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