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PDF î Dancing Naked in the Mind Field ¹ Here is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world s most eccentric Nobel Prize winning scientist Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and forensic science He is also a surfer, a veteran of Berkeley in the sixties, and perhaps the only Nobel laureate to describe a possible encounter with aliens A scientist of boundless curiosity, he refuses to accept any proposition based on secondhand or hearsay evidence, and always looks for the money trail when scientists make announcements Mullis writes with passion and humor about a wide range of topics from global warming to the O J Simpson trial, from poisonous spiders to HIV, from scientific method to astrology Dancing Naked in the Mind Field challenges us to question the authority of scientific dogma even as it reveals the workings of an uncannily original scientific mind 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 tl dr trolling is a artThe problem with ebooks is that you can t throw them against the wall In this case of Mullis autobiography, or rather loose collection of essays, I wanted to do exactly that about 5 times it has been a long time since I ve been this physically angry at a book.The first quarter of the book is alright he details how he perfected PCR, how he got the Nobel Prize for that, etc The one thing that starts to annoy is his constant drive to portray himself as such an unconve tl dr trolling is a artThe problem with ebooks is that you can t throw them against the wall In this case of Mullis autobiography, or rather loose collection of essays, I wanted to do exactly that about 5 times it has been a long time since I ve been this physically angry at a book.The first quarter of the book is alright he details how he perfected PCR, how he got the Nobel Prize for that, etc The one thing that starts to annoy is his constant drive to portray himself as such an unconventional person Hey everybody, I go to strip clubs I m OK with drugs I was totally spontaneous and cool when I met the wife of the Japanese tenno 1 You just expect at some point to read hi every1 im new holds up spork my name is kary but u can call me t3h PeNgU1N oF d00m lol as u can see im very random etc pp.Some of the early chapters are interesting, for example, when he tries to explain the scientific method Why he then goes and throws everything out of the window is beyond me I think it s because he loves being in a position opposite to the mainstream, even if that means distorting and twisting the truth until it becomes a lie.First, the chapter about his belief in astrology his evidence that it exists 3 people guessed his star sign Also, a program used the constellation of planets at his birth to describe his character, and I quote Most of the things that the fifty page document said about me were correct But some of them were entirely wrong p 118 Guess what, that s how horoscopes are written Make them so vague and general that most of the things are correct It doesn t take a scientist to notice that, yet Mullis constantly assures us that he s a scientist Literally I am a scientist , at least 3 or 4 times in the book.Then it gets worse and he goes full retard Tropic Thunder, 2008 , in his views on global warming What is the trouble with something being out of balance if the natural state of that thing is change p94 He then goes on The concept that human beings are capable of causing the planet to overheat or lose its ozone seems about as ridiculous as blaming the Magdalenian paintings for the last ice age p 96 That s his entire rhetoric he doesn t cite any proof to the contrary, he just does his impression of Rush Limbaugh That s it We humans can and have changed this planet massively, starting with small things like the artificial Suez Canal, to changing the entire picture of earth at night We got enough weapons to irradiate and destroy the surface of the earth And of course the state of earth is change, the problem we humans might get is that this change might wipe us out He conveniently doesn t mention this it doesn t fit his story.The chapter that made me truly angry is the one where he starts to deny the HIV AIDS causality, and that s when he gets so self satisfied and the smugness just oozes out of the pages, into your lap, forcing you to take a shower He says that the presence of HIV antibodies shows that HIV has been defeated Antibodies signaled that the virus had been defeated The patient had saved himself p 139 That s like saying that the presence of soldiers shows that there is no war This shows that he either doesn t know a thing about the human immune system or he outright lies to save his worldview, I don t know if Wikipedia was very big in 1998, but a look into an encyclopedia could have certainly helped him And then he goes in and does these absolutely dirty tricks They didn t show that everybody with the antibodies had the disease In fact, they found some healthy people with antibodies p 139 That is so dishonest that I m getting angry again just typing this it takes time for the symptoms of a disease to develop 2 He goes into his descriptions of some of the major players of the early HIV controversy , notably Gallo and Duesberg He uses language again to make one look good and one look bad In spite of his lack of luster as a scientist, Gallo had worked his way up in the power structure Peter Duesberg, despite his brilliance, worked his way down p 142 Peter Duesberg is one of the biggest douchebags in recent history, and one of the first HIV denialists He used to be the editor at PNAS and used that status to circumvent peer review for one of his denialist articles, something which Muller describes this way Duesberg pointed out wisely from the sidelines in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science that there was no good evidence implicating the new virus p 143 He again conveniently doesn t mention that Duesberg used his former status to get his article into PNAS He also ignores the HIV AIDS evidence that was already available in 1998, most disingenuous by saying that no one had proven that HIV causes AIDS The problem with proving that is that you have to literally infect a human with HIV, something which no ethics committee in the world will approve But there are some cases from before the publication of this book which Mullis could have had a look at.There s the Florida dentist case from 1990, in which a dentist unknowingly infected some of his patients, who were all tested positive for HIV and later died of AIDS, same as the dentist, Wikipedia has an overview This case was the first case in which someone proved that HIV causes AIDS, something which Mullis conveniently forgets That was 8 years before this book Another big case was when three lab workers got infected with HIV and developed AIDS, that was in 1997, maybe too close to the publication of this book There s a mountain of evidence for the causality HIV AIDS, but Mullis always pretends as if he s the lone warrior showing the world that the big pharma companies just want to make money with the disease of others See here for evidence By the way after the publication of this book, Duesberg became a member of the advisory panel to Thabo Mbeki in South Africa, and his denialism prevented the use of antiretroviral drugs, one of the main reasons why AIDS spread so much leading to literally hundreds of thousands who died of AIDS in South Africa That man has a lot of blood on his hand Check Wikipedia And then, the prime piece, the one that made me throw my Kindle across the room, the most disgusting sentence I ve read all year If a person has three hundred sexual contact a year with people who themselves are having three hundred contacts a year that s ninety thousand timesopportunity for infections than a person involved in an exclusive relationship p 146 YES IT S THEIR OWN FAULT THAT THEY HAVE AIDS THESE DISGUSTING PIGS AND THEIR FILTHY POLYGAMY 3 LET S ALL SHAME MORE VICTIMS Edit According to the WHO, 2% of the 8 million children who die per year die because of AIDS Did these have too much sex too Source Does he cite peer reviewed publications for any of his viewpoints In one chapter he makes fun of a nutritionist for not citing any sources in her crusade against margarine, and writes that you should always cite sources Yet there isn t a single paper cited in this book, a thing you would think a scientist would do.Of course, there are the other crazy things 4 I don t want to go into because to him, they happened, and I can t criticize that There s a lotgoing on in this book that for the purpose of my sanity I will now forget so I can t write about it here.The only thing you ll learn in this book is that you shouldn t trust people just because they got a prize, even if it s the Nobel Prize 1 Apparently the official title is chief wife 2 especially in HIV that can take up to 3 months, in some cases several years 3 capslock is cruise control for rage 4 Glowing raccoons abducting him over night Someone saving him from a laughing gas overdose via astral travelling His telepathy with a friend That said friend s face morphing into other faces, even though Mullis was sober etc 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 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