Participants were asked to illustrate misconceptions about science held by the general public. Many of the 37 entries (Haught said he wasn't sure how many were submitted by scientists) dealt with evolution and the misinformation and confusion that exist among some non-scientists. That's unsurprising, said Haught. "The subject that people have the most misconceptions about is evolution." From addressing the "only a theory" argument to tackling the evolutionary advantages of altruism, the top stick drawings employed humor to communicate their messages. The winning drawing -- by Richard Korzekwa of Los Alamos, NM -- depicts a stick scientist and a stick skeptic discussing the deduction of past evolutionary events from current-day evidence. Another favorite turns to a contemplative, stick-figure Isaac Newton sitting beneath an apple tree. The juiciest of the stick apples hangs red and precipitous over his head. As Newton's thought bubble displays his ruminations, the caption at the bottom of the drawing reads, "Don't worry, Isaac. It's just a theory." Haught said that he'll hold the competition again next year, so dust off your best stick figures and get practicing. In the meantime, check out the slideshow above to see the drawings that made the top ten this year.
[5th June 2008]*linkurl:Science has designs on art;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/54622/
[2nd May 2008]*linkurl:Scientists As Artists: Extending The Tools Of observation;http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/9316/
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