About this blog:


The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ but ‘That’s funny…’
-Isaac Asimov

Mistakes are the stuff of great stories.  Think about it.  No one rehashes a regular day at the office where things just work out the way they should.  We don’t retell events over and over just to develop a punchline of “everything went the way it was supposed to.”  Future generations won’t remember that time where “the copier functioned properly and I got all my work done.”  Nope, you’ve got to mess up.   We like the stories with conflict.  We like the stories when someone (but certainly not me) walked into a sliding glass door, or mistakenly got bit by a sea otter, or accidentally discovered penicillin.  The best way to learn in life, as in science, is to make mistakes.  Maybe one of the best ways to avoid messing up again, is to tell other people about it.  So here you go…

In a handful of places, I will change the names of a few people and locations in order to protect the guilty.  The stories here are as I remember them.  The scientific information in these stories is researched and can be referenced.  That said, my memory is often an amalgam of emotions and half-images, and science changes as we learn more.  Should you as a reader see yourself in anything written here that offends you, please let me know and I will remove the post.  I come from people who tell a lot of stories.  I am writing for all of the times that we have thought or said, “I should write this down”.  I hope we can all see a bit of ourselves in some of these stories, and maybe learn a little on the way.  Thank you for stopping by.

…Also, sea otters are really mean.

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4 thoughts on “About this blog:

  1. Hey Chris,
    Thanks for following my blog allinthegenes. I am really enjoying reading yours and love the way you mix science with personal experience. Good lessons for me abound in your blog!

    • Thank you so much! I worry that the science presented here isn’t as rigorous as some of the other science blogs around. I had a fantastic English teacher in community college who worked to get us to find our own voice in writing by analyzing personal memoirs. I have found that writing from experience makes it easy since, well, it happened to me. I am by no means a famous scientist, but I am the only authority on my own life, so I just write what I know. I think the public tends to view science and scientists as something of a sterile robotic entity. I would love to see more scientists interject the kind of things that make it personal and show that we are just people who have to eat, sleep, and crap, like everyone else. It helps to write the details of the lives we lead that show feelings like being annoyed and frustrated at the tedium of learning to pipette for the first time, or genuinely enjoying peeing in your wetsuit when you’re freezing. I think it would give more credibility to sharing common concerns when we address things like climate change or stem cell research, and that scientists are generally in their field to help the world.

      Keep up the writing, and keep in touch!


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