Author Archives: Daniel

I am a third year genetics student from Mexico. I got into the science degree in Melbourne after transferring from a biotechnology engineering course in Tec de Monterrey University. This move has been extremely fulfilling, as it has become very clear to me that I have a much greater interest in the bench work itself, obtaining new knowledge, than I do in the potential industrial application of this knowledge.
I am fascinated by the molecular underpinnings of life and, increasingly, consciousness and higher-order reasoning.
I am also attempting (with little success) to learn to play the ukulele.

More Art and Science

I recently came across a couple of projects that are seamlessly presenting science in very creative ways. I thought I would share them with you guys, since they are so remarkable. First, the website of a photographer with such a unique, captivating style that one just cannot help feeling wonder while staring at his work. […]

Growing your next meal

One of my favourite ideas for the future is what has been dubbed in vitro meat. The basic idea is to use tissue engineering techniques to place muscle cells from your animal of choice in nutritious media allowing them to grow (make clones of themselves) in a scaffold, eventually creating delicious juicy steaks. Alright, we’re […]

The science of scientific reductionism

Hey all, I just watched a clip, part of a podcast by comedian John Cleese (of Monty Python fame), that made me laugh out loud, and being a clever critique to the abuse of scientific thinking, I considered it was blog-worthy: Download I think it is a spot-on spoof of the greedy reductionism that scientists […]

Should we combat pseudoscience?

Listening to Maurice’s lecture on why science communication is not a science, including his exploration of astrology as a valid scientific hypothesis (I can’t remember how the topics were related—I guess it’s true we only remember two or three things from a lecture), got me thinking about pseudoscience. Specifically, I thought about the question of […]

The Third Culture

“To arrive at the edge of the world’s knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves.” – Motto of the Reality Club John Brockman was disappointed by the “traditional American intellectuals”: those nonempirical self-described thinkers, who […]