As I walked into the room full of strangers, I flashed back to the feeling of being a kid at a school dance. I was early and didn't know anyone, so I found the seat carrying my nametag and sat down. At the last possible minute, someone dashed in and slung himself into the seat opposite me. We shook hands and introduced ourselves, and after instructions and encouragement from the organizers -- "ding!"We had exactly five minutes. What do you say? Especially when you both are from entirely different worlds. I am a scientist, but I was sitting across from a filmmaker. I am skilled in analysis and critical thinking, used to couching statements in caveats and covering my bases. But here I was, getting up close and personal with an artistic type, about as far from the bench as you can get.And I didn't talk to just one filmmaker,...

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