Episode Summary

Science writer and public speaker Gemma Milne discusses her desire to help people develop critical thinking, and her struggles to find meaningful work.

Key takeaways:
Her earliest memories and her fondness for maths
Wanting to be an dolphin trainer as a child and later an astronaut
Dealing with rejection and overcoming complacency
Being bullied for being intelligent and taking revenge by attending Space School
Her disappointment with Ogilvy
Transitioning to science writing and starting to write a book

Twitter: @gemmamilne

Episode Notes

Gemma Milne is a British science writer and speaker on innovation and technology. Despite being a high-achiever (or maybe because of it), she struggled to find work that was meaningful to her. This is one of the things that makes her very human.

Another thing that makes her human is her self-awareness around the desire for attention. Other topics we covered in today’s podcast include her wanting to become a dolphin trainer and later astronaut, attending Space School in Houston and working for the advertising giant Ogilvy.

On today’s podcast:

  • Her earliest memories and her fondness for maths
  • Wanting to be a dolphin trainer as a child and later an astronaut
  • Dealing with rejection and overcoming complacency
  • Being bullied for being intelligent and taking revenge by attending Space School
  • Her disappointment with Ogilvy
  • Transitioning to science writing and starting to write a book

Links:

Gemma’s Website Twitter: @gemmamilne

About the Show

The podcast for people who want the world to slow down and become more human. Josh Levent creates a space for empathetic connections to people on the other side of the planet through biographical interviews of ordinary people. Take a moment to catch your breath, hit pause on life and curl up on a sofa with Humans in your earbuds. We all need to take a moment to nurture our inner child, heal our wounds and enjoy the real-life stories of others. With his break-out podcast, Josh creates a Gezelligheid (sense of cozy togetherness) for all of us. If you’ve ever felt a sense of sonder (the sudden realisation that every stranger has a life as complex as your own) you’ll find that Humans makes you feel less alone.

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