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Star Trek’s half-human, half-Vulcan Mr. Spock embodies the perceived conflict between emotion and logic: His human heritage often seems to thwart his logical Vulcan nature. However, material researcher Ilona Stengel shows that emotions can support and enrich scientific pursuits. She offers wonderful insights about how emotions contribute to camraderie and productivity, both in Star Trek and in her own professional experience, but leaves you wishing for more examples about emotion’s role in scientific endeavor. getAbstract recommends her insights to researchers and team builders.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why emotions have a role in science; and
  • Which three feelings contribute to a strong, productive team.

About the Speaker

Ilona Stengel is a chemist and material researcher.



In the Star Trek series, first officer and scientist Mr. Spock is half-Vulcan and half-human. His Vulcan heritage emphasizes logic and the suppression of emotions, yet Mr. Spock’s human emotions seem to conflict endlessly with these Vulcan attributes. Similarly, modern society perceives emotion as antithetical to science, or at least as an obstacle to scientific endeavor. But human emotion is inevitable, even among scientists. Instead of trying to ignore or sideline their feelings, scientists should embrace the idea that emotions matter as much in science as they do in other facets of human life. Indeed, for scientific discovery and innovation, emotions are just as important as facts and logic.

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