-Normal lung vs smoker's lung.
Museum of Science and Industry.
Doctors and scientists had long suspected smoking was linked to lung cancer going as far back as the 1890's. However, it took decades of meticulous research, data collecting, and analysis to put together a strong enough case to refute the tobacco industry's counter arguments and get the Surgeon General to put warning labels on tobacco products. In the end, the truth was revealed as it became clear that no other factor existed that could explain the results besides the use of tobacco.
- FDA graphic by Michael J. Ermarth - "Miracle Cure!" Health Fraud Scams
The world is full of claims and promises. Many are bogus (especially the ones that you'd have to pay a lot of money to test out!). How can we know what to believe?
- Digital Display at THINK exhibit.
Museum of Science and Industry
Technology allows scientists to collect more precise and accurate data than ever before. Technology also provides scientists the means to quickly analyze results needed to draw conclusions. But the human mind, it's creativity, it's ability to find hidden connections, its curiosity is still at the heart of scientific pursuits.
"Extraordinary Claims require extraordinary evidence"
- My Big idea: Scientific claims need to be valid and that's where statistics comes in.
In my video I attempt to catch the interest of my audience by appealing to their frustration with modern scientific debate. My goal is to juxtapose the narrative about science debate with images that are examples of the endless debates that rage in the media and online. This should help the viewer see the need for a way to determine if claims are valid. I conclude the video by explaining that statistical analysis gives us the power to determine if a claim is valid. This explanation is played over pictures that show confidence in science and our ability to find the truth.
I used the Movie Maker program on my surface pro to create the movie. I mixed live video footage of me in a park talking along with pictures that I pulled from the web. The Movie Maker program allowed me to add a narrative over the pictures. The big trick was to speak the entire narrative out in the park and then re-record the sections of the narrative that I wanted over the pictures. I used imageflip to add quotes to pictures.