FRIDAY FUNNIES: SCIENCE MYTHS : Why do novelists, filmmakers and newspaper journalists get science so wrong? Perhaps, scientists don’t communicate too well. Writing for Science, Adam Ruben imagines this conversation:
MICHAEL CRICHTON: What if mosquitoes drank dinosaur blood before being encased in amber? Would it theoretically be possible to extract that blood and clone dinosaurs from the DNA?
A SCIENTIST: No.
MICHAEL CRICHTON: So, yes?
Perhaps, the truth had better not be told? 😛
Myth: Scientists follow the scientific method as it was taught in high school: Observation, Question, Research, Hypothesis, Experiment, Conclusion .
Truth: In reality, the way scientists work is more like: Fiddle Around, Find Something Weird, Retest It, It Doesn’t Happen a Second Time, Get Distracted Trying to Make It Happen Again, Go to Chipotle, Recall the Original Purpose of Your Research, Start Over, Apply for Funding for a Better Instrument, Publish Some Interim Fluff, Learn That Someone Has Scooped You, Take Your Lab in a New Direction, Apply for Funding for the New Direction, Collaborate With an Icelandic Poet, Eat Chipotle With an Icelandic Poet, Co-Write Scientifically Accurate Ode to Walrus, Get Interested in Something Unrelated, Apply for Funding for Something Unrelated, Notice That 20 Years Have Passed.
Any Icelandic Poets out there? Madame Scientist would love to collaborate.
Source: From PhD Comics (image) and the ever-funny Adam Ruben (Science : http://goo.gl/46Oqm)