Adventures in Ethics and Science

Today the Free-Ride family schleps to the airport (with what seem to be crates of warm layers) to fly East. Assuming Super Sally’s wireless internet allows it, I’ll have a Friday Sprog Blog up sometime Friday.

I guess that also assumes that there are no missed connections or flight cancellations. Let’s hope.

Anyway, Dave Munger tagged me with another meme, so I’m posting my response before I officially become a Holiday Traveler.

The question:

What one sentence would you tell the future if your area of expertise was about to expire? For example, Richard Feynman, the physicist, said, “The world is made of atoms.”

If ethics in science were to expire, I suppose my one sentence would need to be:

“Behaving like a decent human being makes for better scientific knowledge, not worse.”

If you’re reading this, you’re tagged.


  1. #1 coturnix
    December 21, 2006

    “If it does not cycle, it is not alive”

  2. #2 Bill
    December 21, 2006

    If you’re reading this, you’re tagged.


  3. #3 Mike Kaspari
    December 21, 2006

    A worker ant behaves for the good of the queen, not herself.
    Yes, all workers are female.
    *sigh* Because of a genetic structure called haplodiploidy applied to inclusive fitn…say future, I gotta go. I’m late for the apocolypse the way it is….

    Getting things done in Academia
    toward building your intellectual infrastructure

  4. #4 tomteboda
    December 23, 2006

    “The energy of any molecule is an eigenvalue that is completely described by the wavefunction and hamiltonian, but the position and momentum operators do not commute.”

    From thence, all of quantum mechanics can be derived and classic physics recognized as a simplification. I of course must assume that mathematics is not destroyed along with quantum chemistry. That would be akin to destroying language with philosophy.

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