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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Meanwhile, back on the ranch...

Yesterday, as you will recall, I posted a brief, though pointless, plea to internet wingnuts everywhere to stop being quite so stupid. And, in response, Tina over at the much esteemed Scatterplot decided to call me out. How? Well, by challenging me to participate in stick figure science. For those who don't know already- and I was one of you until yesterday- this is a project by the Florida Citizens for Science to help deal with misconceptions about science and scientific knowledge. Or, as they explain:

Public understanding of science, especially biology/evolution, is horribly low. Folks who push antievolution efforts on local, state and national stages prey on that weakness. One such gap in knowledge is the use of the word "theory." When the general public uses the word, it means one thing; when a scientist uses the word, it usually means something completely different. We see this a lot when antievolution folks claim that "evolution is only a theory." The news media mistakenly runs intelligent design and evolution alongside as two competing theories in their stories and accompanying graphics. Lawmakers take advantage of this when proposing antievolution legislation.

Besides the misuse of the word theory, antievolution efforts rely on false arguments such as gaps in the fossil record, the ever changing nature of science, and scientists being afraid of honest critical analysis.

Contest for ages 13 through adult:
Your job is to create a cartoon that can be used to educate the general public and especially decision makers (state legislators, school board members) about the truth behind one false argument. Choose an argument, either one I've mentioned above or another one you are familiar with, and create a cartoon that corrects the record.

Contest for ages 12 and under:
Your job is to create a cartoon that tells everyone "why understanding science is important."

But wait! I can't draw!
Don't worry. The name of the contest is "Stick Science" for a reason. All entries must be drawn using stick figures. Even if you are a professional artist, you must still use stick figures. The main focus will be on your creative idea, not your artistic talent. This doesn't mean you can be sloppy, though. Your entry needs to be as clear as possible. You are welcome to add "artist's notes" to the cartoon to make a certain point clear if your stick figure drawing ability doesn't allow you to express it. But your writing and drawing needs to be understandable. You're not going to win anything if the judges can't figure out your cartoon.

Your cartoon can be funny or educational or a combination of both; however, the cartoon should not be mean-spirited or single out a real person for ridicule. Your entry can be a single pane like a political cartoon, or it can be three or four panes like a daily comic strip, or it can be several panes in two rows similar to the Sunday comics. As long as your cartoon fits on a standard 8.5" x 11" piece of paper, either vertically or horizontally, you are good to go.

We have "celebrity" judges and great prizes awaiting your cartoon!


So why am I mentioning this? Well, just because I don't want to be the only person making an ass of himself. So, I invite all of you to produce and submit your own entries, due on May 31st according to the rules. What am I going to draw, you ask? No idea, but I'm already thinking about it.

And so far my main question is: how do I make a good ass joke with a stick figure?

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1 Comments:

Blogger TDEC said...

I can't wait to see the results. I am also envious of whoever came up with the idea of stick figure science.

Thursday, April 09, 2009 9:41:00 AM  

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