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review originally written for Bookslut It is widely accepted in the scientific community that Kary Mullis is a kook Which is a rather odd reaction to a man who has won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and who invented PCR, a tool that not many microbiologists or biochemists would happily live without But I suppose that it s to be expected, as most press attention that Kary Mullis receives is not centered around his scientific achievements, but rather around his passion for surfing, his past use of review originally written for Bookslut It is widely accepted in the scientific community that Kary Mullis is a kook Which is a rather odd reaction to a man who has won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and who invented PCR, a tool that not many microbiologists or biochemists would happily live without But I suppose that it s to be expected, as most press attention that Kary Mullis receives is not centered around his scientific achievements, but rather around his passion for surfing, his past use of LSD, and his reputation for chasing women.So a book by Kary Mullis is bound to beinteresting than the average book of essays written by a chemist And oh, is it To sum up Mullis believes in astrology, traveling through the astral plane, recreational use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, and glowing raccoons that talk He doesn t believe in global warming, the advice of nutritionists, or the fact that HIV causes AIDS To put it mildly, the theories and opinions expressed in his book, Dancing Naked in the Mind Field, are controversial.They are also terribly fascinating Amongst the many things that Kary Mullis is, he is also an excellent story teller I ended up reading at least 80% of this book aloud to my husband It would start out, Oh, you have to hear this , and then I would inevitably back up and read him the whole chapter In this book, Mullis meets the empress of Japan and calls her sweetie, nearly kills himself with nitrous oxide, is bitten by several brown recluses back when the only known treatment was surgery, speaks to a glowing raccoon in the forest, accidentally causes an explosion during a science demonstration, and also accidentally makes tear gas in a friend s garage the summer after they graduated from high school He has no shortage of interesting stories to tell, and he tells them well.He s also very persuasive I read the chapter on astrology and was ready to go out and buy an astrological chart I read the chapter on appropriate use of scientific funding and inquiry and was ready to write a letter to my congressman, asking him to defund the relativistic heavy ion collider RHIC in favor of funding the search for near Earth asteroids that could collide with our planet This is especially significant because I spent two years working on projects related to RHIC while pursuing my masters degree, and actually have two friends employed at RHIC right now Of course, most of these conversions were short lived, and on some issues he never had much of a chance of convincing me in fact I think it s dangerous to assert that human beings could not possibly alter the climate , but some of his arguments linger For instance, there is a disturbing lack of scientific evidence supporting the claim that the HIV virus causes AIDS It sounds like a crazy conspiracy theory at first to doubt something that we ve all taken for granted for so long, but if it were true, why aren t there articles in peer reviewed journals offering evidence to that end Kary Mullis can mess with your mind just as effectively as a dose of LSD So if you read this book, read it with a healthy dose of scientific skepticism As Mullis himself points out, just because something is published and even in a scientific journal , that doesn t make it so And just because the man won a Nobel prize, that doesn t mean he s an expert on every topic he discusses But read this book because it s fun.I promise it will make you laugh And shake your head in disbelief The only thing it won t do is bore you It wasn t as funny as I thought it would be from reading all the reviews.And I just couldn t accept many of his views His AIDS denialism, believing in astrology and denying that global warming is taking place Since the book was written in 1998, I wonder if he has changed his mind of some of his views, seeing that there had beenevidence supporting these issues.The few chapters he wrote on AIDS was absolutely horrible You can almost say that he has no clue as to what a virus is or even kn It wasn t as funny as I thought it would be from reading all the reviews.And I just couldn t accept many of his views His AIDS denialism, believing in astrology and denying that global warming is taking place Since the book was written in 1998, I wonder if he has changed his mind of some of his views, seeing that there had beenevidence supporting these issues.The few chapters he wrote on AIDS was absolutely horrible You can almost say that he has no clue as to what a virus is or even know the definition of immunology It was a misguided and ignorant viewpoint.What s worse He was so vocal about all these theories and believes lacking scientific evidence, especially the one on HIV, complaining they did not have proper citations or references, but guess what, his book does not even have a reference section Most books I ve read written by scientists have had a reference section at the end, even if it is a biography, that s what they re trained to do His doesn t Maybe my book is missing a few pages.Hypocrisy Oh hypocrisy.Regardless, he deserves credit for PCR and there are a few pages that I did enjoy in the book That earned him the extra star My uncle lent me this book and told me that, in his scientific opinion, Kary Mullis will be as famous as Einstein a century from now I figured that would be a book worth reading it didn t disappoint, but it did provoke.There is an entire chapter that talks about horoscopes Mullis describes his sign as one that comes on strong and then backs off That is EXACTLY how this book is About 10 pages in, I was ready to throw the book across the room and give it negative stars Mullis is arrogant, op My uncle lent me this book and told me that, in his scientific opinion, Kary Mullis will be as famous as Einstein a century from now I figured that would be a book worth reading it didn t disappoint, but it did provoke.There is an entire chapter that talks about horoscopes Mullis describes his sign as one that comes on strong and then backs off That is EXACTLY how this book is About 10 pages in, I was ready to throw the book across the room and give it negative stars Mullis is arrogant, opinionated, and controversial But then he backs off, and you realize how brilliant, creative, and thoughtful he is, too I definitely do not agree with a lot of what he writes and believes, but the book made me uncomfortable in the best possible way and made me ask questions about some very fundamental things It also gave me a better grasp of the major developments and controversies in the very modern science This was an interesting book in parts The writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993 and the book was published in 1998 Some of the content is fascinating, but much is very dated and some is just plain weird For example, the author mocks the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change, and the link between HIV and AIDS He believes in astrology, writes a lot about his use of LSD and other drugs, once saw a glowing green raccoon while not under the influence, and This was an interesting book in parts The writer was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1993 and the book was published in 1998 Some of the content is fascinating, but much is very dated and some is just plain weird For example, the author mocks the link between the burning of fossil fuels and climate change, and the link between HIV and AIDS He believes in astrology, writes a lot about his use of LSD and other drugs, once saw a glowing green raccoon while not under the influence, and believes he may have encountered aliens There was too much information about his personal life, especially his opinions about women, some of which made my skin crawl There was so much strangeness in this book, it was hard to focus on the interesting scientific bits that are still relevant This book is just short enough for me to call it entertaining My assessment of Mullis is that he is brilliant but bat shit insane Take everything he says with.1 moles of NaCl. This would be the second somewhat autobiographical book I ve read involving a Nobel laureate, and the two are vastly different Mullis is a serious hippie kid who experimented with mind altering drugs and has the utmost disdain for his own scientific community, not to mention a delightfully caustic wit for in my opinion the majority of the world He s entertaining is you re a fan of debunking scientific myths, the bitter rants of a biochemist, or the O.J Simpson trial of which he was nearly This would be the second somewhat autobiographical book I ve read involving a Nobel laureate, and the two are vastly different Mullis is a serious hippie kid who experimented with mind altering drugs and has the utmost disdain for his own scientific community, not to mention a delightfully caustic wit for in my opinion the majority of the world He s entertaining is you re a fan of debunking scientific myths, the bitter rants of a biochemist, or the O.J Simpson trial of which he was nearly a participant Oh, the guy invented the PCR Polymerase Chain Reaction process that allows basically all DNA work today to be done because previously they couldn t replicate DNA in large quantities sufficient to be used for stuff like DNA testing Oh but like Feynman, he s also kind of a slut woohoo free love I guess even Nobel prize winning boys will be boys .Read Pdf ♌ Dancing Naked In The Mind Field ♶ Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction, a chemical procedure that allows scientists to see the structures of the molecules of genes Mullis is no shy, socially inept bench chemist, though on the contrary, he has led as big and full a life as possible, opening himself to experiences like hallucinogenic drugs, surfing, casually handling dangerous chemicals and taking shots at the sacred cows of science Dancing Naked in the Mind Field is Mullis s own chronicle of his adventures, from wooing countless women to possibly being abducted by aliens and it s a funny, shocking tale indeed This man certainly doesn t suffer from lack of self esteem, and yet you might want him along on a trip to the astral plane, say, or a tour of the human genome Mullis is a fascinating character and his autobiography will put to rest forever the stereotype of scientist as skeptical nerd Therese Littleton, This guy is my new hero.So I just finished Mind Field Sunday 16SEP07 and it was so awesome, I would give it an additional star if I could This is a truly remarkable book written by an extremely intelligent, eccentric, and keenly observant individual Be sure to to read the dedication, despite the author s admitted wanderlust, it is quite sweet I have to include some of the last words in the book, found them very moving The appropriate demeanor for a human is to feel lucky that he is alive and This guy is my new hero.So I just finished Mind Field Sunday 16SEP07 and it was so awesome, I would give it an additional star if I could This is a truly remarkable book written by an extremely intelligent, eccentric, and keenly observant individual Be sure to to read the dedication, despite the author s admitted wanderlust, it is quite sweet I have to include some of the last words in the book, found them very moving The appropriate demeanor for a human is to feel lucky that he is alive and to humble himself in the face of the immensity of things and have a beer Relax Welcome to Earth I knew The Emperor of Scent was jogging my memory about something, and finally recalled the flavor of thought from Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis autobiographical Dancing in the Mind Field There it was again that joyful sense of discovery you remember from your childhood explorations of the world, the belief that you can learn it all if you just keep your eyes and mind open Of course, not many of us have childhood memories that include compounding tear gas or keeping laboratory refrigerat I knew The Emperor of Scent was jogging my memory about something, and finally recalled the flavor of thought from Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis autobiographical Dancing in the Mind Field There it was again that joyful sense of discovery you remember from your childhood explorations of the world, the belief that you can learn it all if you just keep your eyes and mind open Of course, not many of us have childhood memories that include compounding tear gas or keeping laboratory refrigerators stocked with radioactive isotopes Kary Mullis was awarded the Nobel for chemistry in 1993, but even before the prize ceremony in Stockholm, his discovery was changing lives Before Mullis, DNA evidence had to be fresh and abundant in order to be useful in forensic science Mullis uncovered a way to replicate DNA, expanding the existing sample of whatever size until you have enough to be useful Move over, Gil Grissom Kary Mullis is the real star of CSI Mullis doesn t hesitate to discuss the use of his discovery one essay titled Fear and Lawyers in Las Angeles covers the multi layered part he played in the sensational trial of OJ Simpson But the collection of essays in the book isabout that journey of discovery than it is about the road signs along the way Don t look to learn how to put together a polymerase chain reaction You might learn how to survive the bite of the brown recluse spider, choose nutritional foods, determine which scientist is telling the truth in a debate Or you might simply trip the light fantastic with Kary Mullis He s a marvelous dancer Here we have a true scientist in the real sense of the word He bases his findings on valid research, not just what most people accept as a theory He has a valid question that no scientist can satisfactorily answer Where can he find any reference on the claim that HIV is the probable cause of AIDS No one can answer this and there is no research or findings to support the claim, yet many PhD scientists get angry at any other suggestion The book is utter brilliance, including his views on astr Here we have a true scientist in the real sense of the word He bases his findings on valid research, not just what most people accept as a theory He has a valid question that no scientist can satisfactorily answer Where can he find any reference on the claim that HIV is the probable cause of AIDS No one can answer this and there is no research or findings to support the claim, yet many PhD scientists get angry at any other suggestion The book is utter brilliance, including his views on astrology which I share His storytelling skills are impeccable and so is his story about inventing PCR and later receiving the Nobel prize TheI read about him, theI like this guy This is why modern day science has turned into the new religion because nobody is allowed to ask the real questions Kary Mullis is banned from several scientific conventions and is deemed crazy Well, if this insanity, I d lovescientists to be this kind of insane In fact, they are required to be