Peer Production: La Fleur De Mai

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Hey, we’re the biggest proponents of web series anywhere, and we’re rooting for everybody who is working on one – and encouraging everybody who isn’t to get on the damn bus and go.

But the only thing we could think of when we saw this trailer was: “Get a sensahumor, dammit.” Oh well, maybe the episodes themselves won’t be so, um, deliberate.

The power of naive questions…

And now a few words on innocence and creativity and how they go together like…um, we’ll get back to you on that, okay?

But for now:

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from CreativeSomething.Com

It was a warm fall day when Paul Davies, a celebrated physicist slash cosmologist slash author from Arizona State University, received the call.

While Paul had spent the majority of his life working in science innovation, publishing 19 popular-science books (even more to-date) and leading many academic studies, the person on the other end of the phone that day wasn’t interested in physics, necessarily. Instead, the caller wanted to see if Paul would be interested in speaking at a workshop for the National Cancer Institute.

What a nation-wide network of biophysicists, doctors, and cancer researchers wanted to hear from a physicist stumped Paul. He was, up until that phone call, only vaguely aware of what the NCI even was.

Paul was intrigued and said yes, then did what he was best at and made a list of “dumb questions.”

When the workshop came Paul presented his keynote speech and brought up the questions. “Where does metastasis occur? What makes tumour cells suddenly break apart? How could physics contribute to cancer research?”

The keynote was a huge success. Paul’s questions completely clicked and started rolling around in the researchers brains. Suddenly their world – of linear system analysis and cancer cells being something other than a physical object – shifted.

By simply asking questions that he, himself, had about cancer science, Paul was able to invoke creative thinking in countless cancer researchers, doctors, and scientists. The physics of the cosmos and the world around us, it turns out is surprisingly similar to the physics of cancer. Paul’s questions were exactly what the audience needed to hear in order to use their imaginations, look at their work from a different perspective, and start exploring options they hadn’t envisioned before. Through Paul countless ideas and new research methods have risen, and today he influences cancer research more-so than nearly any other physicist alive.

His questions were so inspiring that, two years after his keynote address, the NCI proposed a plan to fund 12 physics-oncology centers around the nation for roughly $120 million. Paul became principal investigator in the physical sciences for the organization and kept doing what he did best: asking questions.

Asking seemingly naive questions, it turns out, is a remarkable way to spur creative thinking.

Stuart Lindsay, one of Paul’s colleagues, said it best: “It takes someone like Paul, constantly nagging, asking disruptive questions, to get people to take a fresh look at their assumptions.”

To have creative ideas you have to ask questions, especially ones that might make you seem naive. It’s in those questions – even the most basic questions – where the brightest flashes of insights appear.

For more on Paul Davies and his work, checkout his 2011 story Physics meets cancer: The disruptor. Photo bycreativity103.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME Returns!

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No, not Stephen Hawking’s 1988 book of the same name but a documentary about Hawking’s life by documentary writer-director-producer Errol Morris.

Morris first released the film in 1991 and now as part of a celebration of Hawking’s 71st birthday you can find all 79+ minutes of it right here:

Top TVWriter™ Posts for the Week Ending 1/18/13

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Here they are, the most viewed TVWriter™ posts for the week ending Friday, January 18th:

LB: Another Reason Why You Shouldn’t Ask Writers to Read Your Writing

See-Read the Illustrated Version of the MOONRISE KINGDOM Screenplay

The DA VINCI’S DEMONS Hype Has Us In Its Spell

Peggy Bechko: Tax Time? Already? Tax Tips for Writers

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 1/13/13

And our most viewed resource pages were:

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Prizes

Student Central

Thanks for our most-visited week of the new year, and don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!

Peer Production: R’HA by Kaleb Lechowski

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Whoa! This is awesome! Everyone here at TVWriter™ who saw it fell in love with this story featuring an alien soldier and his robotic captors. Damn thing is breaktakingly realistic, and word is that because of it, creator Kaleb Lechowski now has some serious Hollywood agent-type representation.

Gonna be fun watching this guy snatch the brass ring. (Hey, that’s the phrase. We would’ve changed it to “gold ring,” but now that we live in L.A. we’re thinking brass is more fitting anyway. Oy!)

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