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Conclusion: Breaking the Chain (Reaction)

  • Kristine Larsen
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Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Abstract

We have discussed myriad topics in this work, from bosons and black holes to zombies and interdimensional monsters. We now return to the points raised in the introduction, hopefully with our eyes opened to the idea that the reason why some people find science frightening is precisely the same reason why others find it the thrill of a lifetime—the unknown. How we communicate about our investigations of this unknown has the potential to send someone from one side of the fear/awe barrier to the other, because, as we have seen, words matter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristine Larsen
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  1. 1.Geological Sciences DepartmentCentral Connecticut State UniversityNew BritainUSA

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