John Bohannon presents A Modest Proposal
I’ll let this presentation speak mostly for itself. I’ve been a fan of the “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest and concept since discovering it a few years ago (it received a mention in 2010). But I want to thank a reader and soon-to-be guest contributor, Jessica of One For All Dance Academy for pointing me to Bohannon’s recent TEDxTalk.
Watch the insightful and entertaining presentation first.
You may notice its relationship to the Jonathan Swift essay you discussed in school somewhere along the way.
I also suggest that you read and maybe even contribute to the ongoing discussion in the TEDxBrussels comments.
If you want to see more excellent examples of scientists using dance to explain concepts, see the videos at Dance Your Ph.D.
If you like the music in this presentation, composer Greg Brosofske has made it available for download.
My favorite part of this presentation is that while reminding us of the usefulness of movement to express complex concepts or explore and understand ideas, Bohannon uses satire to make a statement about justifying or judging the arts and artists only according to their “usefulness.” Science standing up for arts’ sake; that makes me smile.