Monday, February 6, 2012

Lesson twenty-three: Mad science

The Two Million Year Old Boy special on the National Geographic Channel was very informative.  Not only did it outline what occurred at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, but it brought light to the ugly competition that goes on in the world of science.

Scientists hoard their discoveries, rarely sharing with others. There is backbiting, rumor mongering and generally impolite behavior. 

Many scientists libel each other to gain points with their financiers and followers, knowing full well that doing so works in opposition with the betterment of the very cause of science.

I've lost my train of thought... was I writing about scientists or politicians?

Regardless, kudos to Lee R. Berger for his discovery of Australopithecus sediba and for sharing his findings in the name of science.


  1. I was touched by that segment of the Nat Geo special.

  2. I didn't see it either but I read up on it online. Very interesting.

  3. Is the feet on backwards theory really a thing? That's pretty funny if it is.

    How about some insight into lake monsters, i.e., Nessie?