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"You are a geek!"
".. and you are a dumbass!"

4 comments:

Ashutosh said...

Where from the frustration?? :) Or rather, whereof?

Hirak said...

Geek but not quite like this

Ashutosh said...

That's a very interesting article, but I am surprised at the simplistic conclusions they draw. Mango and pine have similar molecular structures, so they may go well together?? If biomolecular research in fifty years has taught us anything, it is that similar molecular structures almost never guarantee similar biological activity of any kind. Otherwise, discovering new drugs would have been a lot easier, and all these molecular gastronomists would have been employed by pharma. I researched smell for my seminar, so I am aware that especially when it comes to smell and taste, things are even more bizarre.

Hirak said...

Aha, the chemist provides a clearer view.
Most of these things are generally a lot of bullshit the 'gee-whiz' kind of science which attracts the crowds as the 'next big thing' but is more pseudoscience than anything.
The onerous burden of making people more skeptical is really up to scientists like you to expose flaws in the sweeping conclusions that such studies draw, but sadly most serious people rarely waste time dispelling such science myths which then become urban legends.

I remember the common factoid that I heard a lot when I was growing up - that you use less that 3% of your brain and Einstein used 5%. Rubbish!