SXSW Keynote: Adam Savage of 'Mythbusters' on art and science

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In a Monday afternoon keynote at South by Southwest Interactive, "Mythbusters" co-host Adam Savage said we have a science problem.

Science, he said, is something many of us approach with fear or consider boring, a field that's just about remembering facts.

Wearing a black suit, black shirt and black tie, Savage insisted that art and science are not opposites. In fact, he said, "Art and science have always been the twin engines pushing us forward as a species."

Savage's talk echoed that of Neil deGrasse Tyson, the astrophysicist who delivered a separate keynote on Saturday. Both men feel that science needs to be made more accessible to children and less scary for adults. 

Savage's presentation, "The Maker Age: Englightened Views on Science and Art" touched on the ways that the two have always tied together and urged the audience to more activitely engage with both.

The session was live-streamed on the SXSW website. The main presentation lasted only about 20 minutes, but Savage answered audience questions for the rest of his hour, touching on education, the ways in which failure in science should be embraces and not politicized and why people need to get their hands dirty with science, the best way to learn it.

He also shared some stories about the TV show, which began airing in 2003, including one particularly entertaining experiment on who makes for a better driver: a blind person or a drunk person. (Spoiler: it's a tie.)

Session hashtag: #IEEESavage

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