Michael Pollan (and Yoda) at TED

Michael Pollan takes a plant's eye view of agriculture

Michael Pollan, author of The Botany of Desire, shows the power of evolutionary explanations by taking a plant’s eye view of agriculture. It’s not just the content that I like, the presentation style is worth examining too.

The talk is definitely more in the style of a naked Yoda than Darth Vader. It’s lacking details, but I never get those from a scientific talk anyway. While it’s not a compelling scientific argument of itself, it did inspire me to follow up on what he was talking about by getting the book.

Written by Alun Salt

Alun is the Producer for Botany One. It's his job to keep the server running. He's not a botanist, but started running into them on a regular basis while working on writing modules for an Interdisciplinary Science course and, later, helping teach mathematics to Biologists. His degrees are in archaeology and ancient history.

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