Real Clever Science

My name is Ari Einbinder. This is the journal of my travels into the realm of science and science education.
I've worked at science museums in NY (NYSCI and AMNH) and across Europe. Currently I'm studying "museology" (aka museum studies) at UW in Seattle, WA. I'm also one of Tumblr's Science Section editors.

I discuss anything that fascinates me, but popular topics include evolution, transhumanism (e.g BCI), futurism, psychology, quantum computing, climate change, sustainability, genetic engineering and occasionally politics - to name a few.

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Wed Nov 28
This strikes me as a decent example of a phenomenon one often finds: People not quite grasping a scientific term or its significance and then inventing (absurd) arguments based on that misunderstanding. In this case, “living fossil.” (Which are interesting, and do raise some interesting questions - but definitely not the one above!)
An old teacher of mine compared it to a town fool who explains his having the flu as resulting from his DNA getting twisted into knots. He’s working with real concepts - DNA, DNA-folding, the flue - but just not making any sense at all. 

This strikes me as a decent example of a phenomenon one often finds: People not quite grasping a scientific term or its significance and then inventing (absurd) arguments based on that misunderstanding. In this case, “living fossil.” (Which are interesting, and do raise some interesting questions - but definitely not the one above!)

An old teacher of mine compared it to a town fool who explains his having the flu as resulting from his DNA getting twisted into knots. He’s working with real concepts - DNA, DNA-folding, the flue - but just not making any sense at all. 

(Source: thegodlessatheist, via skepticalavenger)