Occam - 16 July 2010 10:58 AM
Anything which increases our knowledge and understanding of our universe is “real” science.
Yeah, for example, the “increasers of our knowledge and understanding” led to many decades of understanding that the earth was flat, and that the sun rotated around earth!! Until a few “real” scientists, including Galileo, disposed of those “egotistical” pseudo-scientists.
“To think otherwise usually indicates supercillious egotism
God forbid Occam could possibly suffer from “supercillious egotism”. Perhaps he meant “supercilious”. Whereas, at every opportunity Occam labels me a “troll”, I wonder if he has considered the distinct possibility that indeed HE IS THE “TROLL”.
“For example, some of the biochemists i’ve worked with feel that biologists are just technicians one step above psychologists, since it was the chemists who had to identify the structure of genes so the biologists could go back to their classifying.”
Three people were involved in the elucidation of the double-helical structure of the DNA of which genes are made.
Watson - PhD Zoology, Biochemistry.
Crick - PhD, X-Ray diffraction of polypeptides and proteins.
Wilkins - PhD Biochemistry
All three were awarded the Nobel Prize in “Physiology or Medicine” (NOT physics NOR Chemistry) in 1962 for their co-discovery of the structure of DNA (NOT the structure of genes).
Rosalind Franklin provided x-ray diffraction images of crystalized DNA without which the structure of DNA would not have been possible in the 1950s.
She was unaware that her x-ray crystalograms were sent to Watkins/Crick. And they did not confess to her nor the Nobel committee. She died at age 38.
Occam fancies himself a genuine scientist although his scientist credentials are unknown ... at least to me.
Why he crawled out of his mouse hole to throw another ad hominem at me is KNOWN to me - he is extremely envious.
[ Edited: 16 July 2010 12:19 PM by Analytic ]