Stereotypes are characteristics that we attribute to “other” social groups based on our own attitudes and beliefs. Stereotypes can be positive or negative. They may be based a cultural “truths”. They can become harmful when group-based beliefs are used to judge individuals.
The mad scientist stereotype is made up of various constructs: Scientists are evil. Scientists are white and male. Scientists are unemotional and incapable of understanding or making art. Scientists are tortured, mad geniuses.
According to the contact hypothesis, the most effective way to change an attitude or belief is to engineer positive social contact between members of different social groups. The parasocial contact hypothesis assumes that people may process mass-media contact in a similar manner.
In this post, I’ll attempt to challenge the mad scientist stereotype. Hail science! (Oops, there I go re-enforcing the stereotype…)
Scientists aren’t incapable of art or self-expression (nor are artists incapable of doing science). We’ve got a lot in common! Art and science are both driven by imagination, curiosity and creativity.
All three of my friends have their own sense of personal style. They aren’t afraid to express themselves through their clothing.
The majority of the pictures in my blog have been taken by scientists with no formal training in the visual arts. I think they’ve all done a great job – their creativity isn’t limited to their science. Asha took the following photographs:
Rick Owens DRKSHDW vest from Fashionably Yours
American Apparel tank top
Paige Verdugo skinny jeans in vinyl
Accessories: Ovate, UnderGround Designs, ZEALmetal & Scandimania
Trippen Happy Fancy boots from Gravity Pope
Has this post changed your attitudes or beliefs about scientists in general? Or has it only affected your views about these individuals? Other? Leave a comment!