Skip to comments.'Big Bang Theory' actress 'fell in love with the neuron' and hopes other girls will, too
Posted on 01/31/2014 7:52:45 PM PST by Bratch
MOREHEAD First, I'll admit that I went to see The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik speak at Morehead State primarily because I'm a fan of the show, in all its nerdy glory.
But as the actress who plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS comedy spoke to the large, attentive crowd in Morehead's Academic-Athletic Center, I found myself thinking about something other than the popular TV show:
I wish my daughter could hear this.
Of course, during her lecture, Bialik told the crowd about her experiences in Hollywood, as a child star on the 1990s sitcom Blossom, now as a key character on The Big Bang Theory. She talked about juggling her career and being the mother of two young sons. Much of her talk, though, focused on her real-life path to earning a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA. As the child of two English teachers, Bialik gravitated toward the arts and humanities over math and science early in her educational life.
"I assumed I wasn't good at math and science," she said, "because the way it was taught to me didn't make sense to me."
She saw her math and science classes dominated by boys. The notion that math and science were subjects for boys was ever-present and reinforced.
That is, until a biology tutor sparked her own interest and passion for science in her teens.
"I never knew you could feel that way about science," she said.
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Women are genetically wired to enjoy watching men struggle with science instead of doing it themselves.
Some of them are so strongly wired that they go into the field so they can watch lots of men struggle with science.
She must have been conditioned from a young age to think that math and science are "boy" subjects.
I was always top of my class in math and science. The idea that I should hold back because I'm female never occurred to me. Many of my math and science classes were taught by women--just as many of the "soft" classes were taught by men.
It takes a certain kind of person to go into science. If someone is the kind of person who complains about some gender inequality in science, I would question whether that person has the aptitude/personality to be a scientist.
And yeah, I'm a woman and I have a hard science PhD.
Lots of women in astrophysics
Very cool. I was ready to go into science. I had quizzed into advanced calculus and loved my science classes but was told by my advisor (this was in 1967 or so) that it would be too hard so I ended up in English and education. I then went to law school. If I believed in a next life I would want to be a forensic pathologist. Some days I still wish I had gone into the hard sciences but I’ve had a good life and career and am looking forward to retirement.
Whatever you say, Mrs Mith.
“The Big Bang Theory is a classic example of how science IS NOT done in the real world.”
I don’t want to be a wet blanket to your wet blanket, but it IS just a silly comedy show, it’s not even like it’s a drama or anything.
I like it a lot because a. it is funny (and the addition of Bialik and the gal who plays Howard’s wife have made it a thousand times funnier, they are both great) and b. it’s one of the rare TV shows that actually has smart people as characters. I always liked Frasier for that too, and of course that show was very, very funny also.
Recently a couple of episodes of Big Bang have been so good that instead of deleting them right away (we watch almost everything recorded) I’ve saved them and watched them again a couple of days later. I can’t say that about any other TV show, ever.
The one where the couples were mixed up (I forget why) as they did a scavenger hunt was just brilliant.
Actually Howard is the only one who actually has done anything meaningful.
While "space plumber" is great for a giggle it is actually rather crucial if you want to be in space for more then a day or two.
As for the others I know Sheldon has made three "great discoveries" that turned out to be so much hooey. The only one I can think of that actually panned out was the one the red-haired girl helped him with. Raj spotted a comet and I can't think of anything ground breaking Lenard has done.
In fact the whole show seems to be about the fact you may be smart but unless you actually stop playing and start working you never get anywhere.
“And yeah, I’m a woman and I have a hard science PhD.” ...
Oh no ... It’s a WITCH!!!! ;-)
(Just doing my part to uphold the media’s Conservative stereotypes as well as do my part to prolong the War on Women that exists in the minds of the LSD using class)
One of my personal heroes is a woman scientist who pushed forward with her research regardless of what anyone said about her. People said her work was crazy, but she stood her ground and demonstrated a principle that has had a huge impact in the fields of molecular biology and genetics. She won the Nobel Prize for her work.
Her name is Barbara McClintock. She was an absolutely amazing woman, who completely disregarded stereotypes.
My mother was valedictorian of her high school. Straight ‘A’s all four years.
She went on to college and double majored in math and English (I know, seems an odd pair to me, too). Again, straight ‘A’s.
At one point in her career, she worked for A-C Spark Plug in Oak Creek, WI. They were a sub-contractor to NASA, and were working on guidance hardware and software. My mother’s job was to double-check the results of the guidance computer, using paper, pencil, and a slide rule.
With mom’s help, I breezed through every advanced math course offered through high school. I don’t accept that woman have intellectual limits that men don’t also.
FWIW, I went on to get a degree in Computer Science and Engineering.
Smart women rock.
Dude, its just a TV comedy show. It isn’t about real life.
C’mon, it’s a TV show. They all go to work all day in the show. But it would be pretty boring to watch them working at a desk for a half hour.
Now having said that, Big Bang is a comedy, not a documentary and it's very good for what it is.
I would say the show does well to explain class welfare for the elite intellectuals. We need rocket scientists....but the truth is....ninety-nine percent of them aren’t really needed much. So we employ them at odd jobs, pay them what they think they are worth, and just grin over projects that have no value.
I won’t dump on Big Bang Theory....it is a well written script and they have done some five star episodes (the comet-passing episode with the guys out in the foothills was a classic).
I can’t imagine that I ever would have backed down from studying any subject simply because someone told me it was a “boy” subject.
In Junior High, back in the early 1970s, I was told that I couldn’t take a wood working class because it was only for boys. I did not get the idea that some things are only for boys or for girls—I might not have been allowed to take the class, but I still work with wood. We have a kitchen table that I made back in the 1980s. I’ve never been one to be stopped by nay saying!
Everything came easy for them so they were able to loaf their way through school. Anything hard was "not fun" unless they could make a game of it.
Occasionally they would come up with something brilliant but as far as performance they never would match the steady churn of workable ideas their less flashy co-workers produced.
Now I have to say that not all of them were like that. There were an equal number that were both brilliant and hardworking but I don't think they would have made for interesting TV.
The average male compared to the average female IS better at math/science/engineering material. Male brains are wired
in a fashion that makes them better at this than females.
Just as the average female compared to the average male tends to do better in verbal skills. Are there exceptions?
Yes, quite a few in fact but that does not change fundamental biology. Males are better than females at many
things, females are better than man at other things. That’s
life and all the hand wringing, denial and hysteria about it not being fair or not being true is irrelevant....because noise does not change truth.
“The average male compared to the average female IS better at math/science/engineering material. Male brains are wired
in a fashion that makes them better at this than females.”
Not quite correct. The distribution of IQ in men has a higher standard deviation than for women. That means there are more really smart and more really dumb men (percentage wise) than women.
Once science and math get advanced enough, most people regardless of sex cannot do them well, or much at all. It takes really smart people to do them well. There are more really smart men than women, even though average IQ as between the sexes is almost identical. It also means that there are a lot more men in jail than women (jail tends to favor the really stupid).
I had many science teachers that were women. I didn't go into science but never felt like it wasn't a choice or I couldn't do it.
The distribution if IQ’s is different between men and women.
The ability to resolve and visualize spatial resolution is
different. The ability to plan and create complex structure is different. All of the above are different, but related.
The brains of males are different than the brains of females. This is due to hormonal influences during gestation. If you take 1000 men and 1000 women and give each of them the same test invariably the average score for the men will be higher than for the women on non verbal skills. IQ is only related to this phenomenon, a measurement if it...it’s not the driving force behind it, the physical structure of the brain is the driving force.
One of the funnier episodes was when Raj went to work for Sheldon rather than be deported. They stared at an equation for nearly half the show while the background music was "Eye of the Tiger." Everytime the cymbals crashed in the song, the director of the show switched to another camera angle.
I was probably the last of the earlier generation. I’m in the oldest tier of baby boomers, born in early 1948. My mom had to quit working when she got married. My grandmother who lived with us never worked outside the home. So that’s how I grew up. I think that the change is good for most but sometimes wonder whether my mother and grandmother, strong women both, weren’t happier.
The move made in the 40’s re the life of Madame Curie put her first in her class in math and science. If true that was quite an accomplishment. I would take anything Hollywood said today with a huge grain of salt but back in the 40’s there wasn’t the PC we have today.
Tough sledding being a jew in Hollywood. Must be very lonely.
I love the BBT. It is a comedy and very funny at times. It does not however depict real life or all the hard work scientists do but FWIW, Ive known quite a few nerdy scientists and some of the characters on the BBT remind me of some of my RL friends in some respect; their love of video games, comic books, sci-fi movies and heated arguments over whether ST or SW was better, ST original or STTNG, Kirk of Piccard LOL!
First, a little prep is required...Hold your two hands palms facing each other, 3 inches apart..
Q: Why are women so terrible at math?
A: All their lives, they've been told that this is 6 inches..
I can’t think of anything ground breaking Lenard has done.
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In a word....
In THEIR world, it is equivalent to 5 straight Super Bowls, a Perfect MLB season, a P that averages 24 K’s per game, a batter averaging 2 HR’s per game etc...
That said, I have a serious late-life crush on Amy (Mayim). Amy is just geek chic. Sheldon better come around quick or someone else will nab her.
I take it you’re being facetious. Being a Jew in Hollywood is not lonely. Being a Jew who is actually proud of being Jewish is quite another.
TY, love that show!