09 May 2006

Mad scientist redux

Christopher Frayling, rector of London's Royal College of Art, has an eight-part slide show up at Slate on the depiction of mad scientists in cinema. He concludes by noting that such films:
are usually about science as a source of anxiety, scientists as outsiders and oddballs, research as very likely to get into the wrong hands, and scientific institutions as dangerous places to be.
Maybe that's why Bush hates science so much -- he's been watching too many movies. (We know he doesn't read the papers.) It all makes sense now...


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