Friday, August 17, 2012

Darryl Cunningham uses graphic novel format to solve the most serious problems of science and fight misinformation

"The argument for climate change induced by humans is as follows ..." says the penguin to talk to the man with the red jacket in the middle of the ice of the Arctic. If this sounds like the beginning of a joke, to celebrate in the auction.

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere has increased dramatically since the industrial revolution, the penguin will.

"But is it not true that a growing number of leading scientists now believe that climate change is the problem?" the man asks. "It's a small band of marginal opinion," says the penguin, which explains how oil and gas companies are funding climate change denial, while the media provide the skeptics with the oxygen of publicity. "The future looks bleak," says the penguin.

and dialogues? Drought, famine, disease and extinction of a quarter of the species on the planet, if we do not act quickly.

is a familiar story. What is unusual is how it is told.

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contained in this conversation, discusses some of the most urgent debates in science with images, balloons of text and drawings of comic books, and penguins.

The man with the red jacket is the cartoon version of the author, Darryl Cunningham, who has a vision on issues as thorny as homeopathy and MMR, is the sort of fiction and presentation of complex information accessible on a large scale.

A graduate of art school in Keighley, West Yorkshire, Cunningham dabbling with comics in the '80s before moving on to a career in mental health. It was founded on the experience of writing What
forced him to write it? "It was the amount of material misinformation and anti-science," he said. The dangers of alternative therapies like homeopathy is "beyond the fact that you spend a lot of money on them, might get a delay Royal treatment for something like cancer in a week or a month could mean the difference between life and death. "

There is a loss, most often in the hands of people who have not read a graphic format that is not appropriate to treat weight problems, but the path is full of examples the opposite view Joe Sacco reports pictorial conflicts in Bosnia and Palestine is unbearable David B or movement has a family illness in the

epilepticus . Far from being frivolous half of the map book is an excellent way to familiarize themselves with serious problems, says Cunningham. "It sums up things very quickly and can plow through a lot of information. I like the simplicity of it."


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