The Ridiculousness of Defining Life

The Ridiculousness of Defining Life

Apparently, the entire issue of Journal of Biomolecular Structure and Dynamics that Jack Szostak’s article was in (the first in the list below), was dedicated to the life’s definition.

Sigh.

This one’s for Ferris and for anyone else who’s a glutton for punishment.

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Why Everything is Falsely Dead: My Message to Ferris Jabr

Why Everything is Falsely Dead: My Message to Ferris Jabr

Do not be fooled. This is inanimate.

The title is intentionally provocative.

The position is obviously biased.  Redundant.  Confusing.  Semantic.

Sure is.  Especially when the title is, “Why Nothing is Truly Alive.

An article with that title was published by New York Times on March 12 by Ferris Jabr, an associate editor at Scientific American.

Ferris, seriously, where to start?

Your title, in…

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The Truth about New Ideas

Wilfred Trotter was a Fellow of the Royal Society, wise in the art of science.  He knew then, as I know now, that the immunological response is a metaphor for any intellectual response.

Santayana on Progress

Many folks know the famous quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” 
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Santayana on Progress

Many folks know the famous quote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

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Erik Andrulis educational experience/info

Erik Andrulis has received the following degrees:

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Stony Brook University (SBU), Stony Brook, NY (1998)

B.S. in Biological Sciences: Molecular Genetics, University of Rochester (UR), Rochester, NY (1992)

Just sharing it here.

Erik Andrulis Employment History/Info

Erik Andrulis is faculty at Case Western Reserve University (well, at least until 2015, as far as I can tell).  Here’s what Dr. Andrulis has accomplished there since his arrival in 2003:

  • Published 13 peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Directed and managed research laboratory studying the molecular cell biology of eukaryotic exosome
  • Grant reviewer for National Science Foundation and Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
  • Manuscript reviewer for Nature, Molecular Cell, Molecular and Cellular Biology, EMBO Journal, and others
  • Recognized with 21 invitations to present at universities and international meetings
  • Won three competitive grants from National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), American Federation of Aging Research (AFAR), and American Cancer Society (ACS)
  • Mentored 17 lab members: two Ph.D., one M.S., five undergraduates; three postdocs; six research assistants
  • Collaborations with scientists at Dartmouth (R. Gross), National Institute for Environmental Health Science (K. Adelman), New York University (N. Tanese), Max Planck Institute (A. Akhtar), and CWRU (A. Tartakoff)
Science, Suppression, and Seeing with Your Crazy Mind’s EyeI was excited when I saw the title of yesterday’s article in the New York Timesby the science…View Post

Science, Suppression, and Seeing with Your Crazy Mind’s Eye

I was excited when I saw the title of yesterday’s article in the New York Timesby the science…

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Life Accepted for Coverage in SciVerse ScopusVery cool news.  Congratulations are due to Shu-Kun Lin, the editorial staff at Life, and the MDPI…View Post

Life Accepted for Coverage in SciVerse Scopus

Very cool news.  Congratulations are due to Shu-Kun Lin, the editorial staff at Life, and the MDPI…

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The Origin of DNA in the Universe

(This is a technical post.  Please see paperor search for terms and references.  Feel free to leave…

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