Artist Sara Mahew on Science and Skepticism and Nokia

Sara Mahew is a talented Manga artist who draws Legend of the Ztarr. She made a commercial for Nokia and worked in some seriously awesome quotes:

“Adora Ztarr tries to think her way out of a problem. Knowledge is a tool, more useful than a sword she has at her side. My interest in science and critical thinking filters through me into my characters.”

“I really hope that my stories inspire anyone in anyway to embrace critical thinking. In Manga there’s typically a lot of magic and the fights defy the laws of physics. But the more I’ve read about science and astronomy, there’s this magical feeling to science. Often when you reveal how the universe really is, it’s far more beautiful than you can imagine. If I could get the world to respond to one question, it would be: do we have the courage to let go of our beliefs in order to grab on to what is true?”

Well said, Sara!

Thanks to Reed for sending us the link!

Rebecca Watson

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  1. As an artist and a skeptic, I really appreciate her endeavors. My husband (Skept-Artist) and I have worked towards bringing these two things together and both curated a show recently based on Phil Plait’s book, Death from the Skies (ahem, plug):
    It gives me the warm fuzzies when I see artists infusing critical thinking as a message within their work. I work in the art world, and there’s a lot of “woo” talk and the such that gets thrown around. But seeing artists like Sara Mahew workn’ their “magic” is refreshing.

  2. That’s funny- my mom just asked me the same question this weekend. Except she switched the key words in the question: she asked, “Do you have the courage to let go of what you know and have faith?”

    I have not summoned that “courage.”

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