Artwork by Alex Schomburg Click for larger image Keep in mind that whether you are designing a rocket for your SF novel, or for a science fictional wargame, the ship can be the center of attention.
Please enjoy this transcript of my interview with award-winning science writer Erik Vance. It was transcribed and therefore might contain a few typos. Listen to the interview here or by selecting any of the options below. Please excuse my irreverence. This erik vance science writer, like all episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show, includes a dose of deconstructing someone who is a world-class performer and exceptionally good at what they do.
In this case, we have a science writer but the other half of this show, quite frankly, is purely selfish.
It is me exploring subjects that I want to know more about and, in this case, the guest is not a military strategist, not an entertainer — it is Erik Vance. He is an award-winning science writer based in California and Mexico City.
After working as a scientist on research projects dealing with dolphin intelligence and coastal ecology, he became an educator and then, later, an environmental consultant.
Since then, he has built his career around science-based profiles of inspiring or controversial figures. And we dig into not only the science but also his approach to writing and conveying that. And his latest book is Suggestible You: In this episode, we cover many topics with equal amounts of the profound, actionable, and hilarious.
And then we get to some stories — and not necessarily in that order — catching porcupines in South Africa.
The story alone is worth the time it takes to listen to this episode. Also, finding and studying a pig shit sommelier — yes, you heard me correctly — why he got electrocuted for a half an hour at the NIH Laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland, the story of why he chose to be cursed by a witch doctor in New York City, and much, much more.
So please enjoy a conversation that I very much enjoyed with Erik Vance. And, as always, you can find all links to everything mentioned in this episode in the show notes for this episode and every other episode at fourhourworkweek. Erik, welcome to the show.
Thanks for having me, Tim. And where does this find you at the moment?
In the [speaking Spanish]. How did you end up in Mexico City?
How did you get interested in biology? When I was a kid, I was never all that good in school. I had some attention issues and I — [Crosstalk] Tim Ferriss: And what did the trajectory look like?
Did you go immediately, as soon as you got into undergrad, into the sciences? I got really hooked as an undergrad in those Field Biology. I loved it and I really wanted to be a scientist. I wanted to be a Ph. How old were you when that happened — when you took that fork in the road?
I was 27, I think.A Wrinkle in Time () cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. Erik Vance is a science writer native to the Bay Area replanted in Mexico City as a non-native invasive.
Like many in his field, he couldn’t really hack it as a scientist and now works as a professional groupie. Erik Vance Easily distracted science writer. Writer of magazine stories and author of the upcoming book Suggestible You with National Geographic Press.
urbanagricultureinitiative.com History and Etymology for vacuum. Noun. borrowed from Medieval Latin (translation of Greek kenón), from neuter of Latin vacuus "empty, unoccupied," from vacāre "to be empty or unoccupied, have space, be free" + -uus, deverbal adjective suffix — more at vacant.
Erik Vance, a decorated freelance science journalist and author, will be the spring Science Writer in Residence at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Vance has written for The New York Times, Nature, Scientific American, Harper’s, National Geographic and many other local and national.
+ free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day? Go to: Distributed Proofreaders.