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Our Greatest Failing

Alan Lightman begins his article, “Nothing but the Truth; Science’s and Greatest Weakness Is Also Its Greatest Strength”  (Popular Science, May 2015) with an anecdote about Richard Feynman. “40 years ago, the legendary physicist Richard Feynman gave the commencement address at my graduation from the California Institute of technology… Feynman told us that before we went public with new scientific results, we should consider every conceivable way we might be wrong. It was a tall order.”1

  1. Alan Lightman, “Nothing but the Truth,” Popular Science, May 2015 []
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Heretical Science Positive Thinking

Altering Gene Expression With Thought

Marc Folcher and other researchers from the group led by Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Biotechnology and Bioengineering at the Department of Biosystems (D-BSSE) in Basel, were able to tap into brainwaves and convert genes into proteins (gene expression) using a new gene regulation method.

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Heretical Science

Defend Your Position

“If you are sure of your facts, you should defend your position.” – Cecilia Payne

Cecilia Payne was an astronomer and astrophysicist who discovered how to understand the composition of stars in terms of the relative abundance of hydrogen and helium. Her thesis was attacked by a superior claiming it could not possibly be true that hydrogen is 1 million times more abundant in stars than on earth. This attack prompted her to add a final sentence on to her thesis acknowledging that it cannot be true.

Four years later superior realized his mistake. To his credit he gave her due credit for her discovery. After this was over, she said about this experience:

“If you are sure of your facts, you should defend your position.”

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Heretical Science Skepticism

Know Who to Ask About ESP

Never ask a man if sexism exists.

Never ask a white person if racism exists.

Never ask Scott McGreal over at Psychology Today if there is a scientific taboo against ESP.

Ask four-time president of the Parapsychology Association, Dean Radin: