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Omaha, Nebraska

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Evil Geniuses: The Portrayal of Scientists as Villains
  Location: SS Ballroom ABC
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 8:30 AM -9:00 AM
  Author: Rebecca Thompson, American Physical Society
301-209-3206, thompson@aps.org
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: From Doctor Octopus from Spiderman to Maggie Walsh of Buffy the Vampire Slayer season 4, scientists are often portrayed as evil geniuses intent on using their high IQs to take over the world. Does this affect how the public views scientists? Science in general and physics specifically is so often thought of as "scary." Misconceptions about talking robots and world eating black holes can turn people against physics and the "evil genius" scientists that will destroy the world, either by accident or on purpose.
  Footnotes: None
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