So, it’s been a while. I have some excuses. I went on holiday for a bit, and I have something excited to report. Like the grown up professional scientist I am, I’ve started writing for Diabetes UK.
Just their blog, so it’s fairly informal. It gives me a chance to actually communicate my specialist area with normal every day folks, and importantly tell people with diabetes some science. If you know me, you’ll know that Diabetes UK sponsored my PhD, so I like that I’m giving back to them.
Because it’s either that or give them back like £80,000; not including the expenses for when they brought me down to London, put me up in a hotel, stuffed me with high calorie treats, and let me talk about my work.
So, I realised on holiday that I have become an insufferable scientist…
Me and my girlfriend travelled around Seattle, Vancouver, Portland, Chicago, Denver and the Grand Canyon, checking out the sights. We were basically being tourists, visiting museums and things. I lost count of the number of times my girlfriend had to tell me that no-one was disagreeing with science.
I want to blame Twitter, and other pro-science things, but I just assume that there are idiots everywhere. At San Diego Zoo I heard some people claim climate change isn’t real, and me and my friends just laughed at them.
The Pacific Science Centre in Seattle talked about the Big Bang and no-one cared. We watched a 3D video (narrated by Morgan Freeman) about Lemurs. It talked about evolution, and again no-one cared. There was a section of stem cell research, and no-one even batted an eye.
In Chicago, we visited The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium. Both of these places talked about evolution; The Field Museum even explained what a theory was before we entered an exhibit to stop those morons hammering on about how evolution is only a theory. But no-one cared. In the Field Museum they talked about bugs being around for millions of years; no-one could care less. They had a section of DNA, which pretty much explained the basic behind genetic modification, but still no-one cared.
(By the way, if you get a chance go to The Field Museum. I know I’m a boy, and a bit of nerd, but seriously dinosaurs! I could have spent the entirety of my holiday just looking at the dinosaurs. I love my job, but all I wanted to do then, was dinosaurs. I don’t know what job I could have, but dinosaurs was all I knew I wanted to do. They are just the best.)
At the Grand Canyon there were rocks dated from millions of years ago; they explained carbon dating. There was absolutely none of the creationist nonsense about great floods, and still no-one cared.
I expected people to be up in arms about all of this. I thought people would be unhappy. At the very least I expected folks to mumble under their breath about all this science mumbo jumbo. I guess the types of people that believe all that nonsense don’t go to museums though. I mean why bother, when you can just read the idiocy on the internet?
It was good to see so many kids at these museums though. It’s important that they learn how fun, interesting and exciting science can be, because it is pretty much the best.
Except for dinosaurs obviously.
Today’s quote is from Dr Suess