I’ve been flapping around in Comments for ages. Something about this blog never fails to get me going. Sometimes it’s the Ringleader of the Tormentors herself, very often it’s one of the other thoughtful, provocative, funny, pissed off posters. (Not necessarily all of those things all at once.)
Now I’ve climbed on board — well, roosted on the railing — as an occasional petrel and resident biologist. My Bachelor’s was for a Special Concentration in Ethnobotany, and afterwards I went on to get a degree as a naturopathic doctor at the German school in Munich which was the oldest, and was at the time the biggest, for that. Instead of becoming a practicing naturopath, though, I got a Ph. D. in the evolutionary biology of plants, which involves a good bit of molecular biology these days. “Eternal student” is the name they pin on people like me. I went undercover as a prof and taught college for too long, but then came to my senses and started blogging (Acid Test) and writing science fiction.
When some particular pandemic of science pinheadedness in the news leaves me screeching, now I know what to do. I’ll be pounding away at the keys of my trusty laptop and sharing some of the things they missed with you.
They miss heaps. Just about everything. Which makes it hard to know where to start. Stem cells? Ethanol from corn? Does a warming trand on Mars really mean Earth’s global warming is bunk? Let me know, either via the contact page or in comments if there’s an issue where you’re curious about what the scientific data say. If it’s one I know anything about, I’ll give it a shot.
In the meantime, I have something coming up on the ever-appealing topic of tuberculosis.