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How #Gravity Works

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With the blockbuster success of the movie "Gravity", experts are asking why we're more interested in space fiction than fact. The answer is as old as the stars.
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  • H O W # G R A V I T Y W O R K S ( I T ’ S N O T T H E P H Y S I C S )
  • T H E M O V I E “ G R A V I T Y ” I S A H U G E S U C C E S S .
  • “No. 1 'Gravity' posts biggest October debut ever with $55.6 million.” LA Times Oct. 6, 2013
  • “Gravity” has received one of thehighest Rotten Tomato scores ever…
  • Even experts love the movie… Samantha Cristoforetti. ESAastronaut.ItalianAirForceofficer.Lookingforwardtoridinga SoyuzrockettoISSinDecember2014. Neil deGrasse Tyson Astrophysicist,Am. MuseumofNaturalHistory.Author:Space Chronicles, InexplicableUniverse,Host:StarTalkRadio
  • Butthey do seem a bit bothered… “Iwasn’t toomuch sold on the storyline, but who cares? It’s a great excuse totake a triptospace. Go the movie theater, put your3D glasses andgo take a look. Then go out, look up at the sky andthink that all those things exists forreal, right now, in Earthorbit. Let that thought sink in.”
  • “Why are audiences paying more attention tofiction than to fact?” Their real concern is this:
  • Let’s look at that.Side-by-side, thefact and fictionare nearly identical:
  • But our response is measurably different:
  • W H Y ?
  • O N E W O R D …
  • S T O R Y .
  • A L L G R E A T S T O R I E S S H A R E T W O T H I N G S : 1 ) C H A R A C T E R S W E C A N I D E N T I F Y W I T H …
  • G R A V I T Y H A S T W O A R C H E T Y P A L C H A R A C T E R S : T H E R E L U C T A N T H E R O . T H E W I S E M E N T O R .
  • 2 ) A N D A R E C O G N I Z A B L E S T O R Y L I N E . . .
  • T H E S T O R Y L I N E O F “ G R A V I T Y ” I S C L A S S I C D R A M A . T H I S I S M Y I N T E R P R E T A T I O N O F C H R I S T O P H E R V O G L E R ’ S I N T E R P R E T A T I O N O F J O S E P H C A M P B E L L ’ S I N T E R P R E T A T I O N O F “ T H E H E R O ’ S J O U R N E Y ” .
  • T H A T ’ S H O W G R A V I T Y W O R K S . I T ’ S N O T R O C K E T S C I E N C E : A S H U M A N S , W E M A K E M O R E S E N S E O F O U R U N I V E R S E T H R O U G H S T O R Y T H A N T H R O U G H F A C T .
  • A N D W E A L W A Y S H A V E .
  • Dan Roam is a space geek and presentation nut. Heis the authorof TheBack of the Napkin and Blah Blah Blah. Dan’s newbook SHOW &TELL: How EverybodyCan MakeExtraordinary Presentations will bepublished by Penguin Portfolio in March 2014. Dan canbe found daily at: www.napkinacademy.com Abouttheimages: All “Gravity”imagescopyright©2013WarnerBrothersPictures. All imagesdownloadedfromhere: http://gravitymovie.warnerbros.com/#/gallery. All otherspaceimagescourtesyofNASA. All drawingscopyright©2013DanRoam.
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