May the farce be with you, by Lee Travis

This would be hilarious were it not so disturbing. From Lee Travis at defiant

People put so much weight on what the “experts” say – it’s easier to abdicate our own research and critical thinking and rely on others who are supposed to know more than we do. It makes sense to an extent – no one has time to do their own research on every question that comes up, especially complicated issues like science or economics – but blanket trust placed in others, simply because they have a degree or have been published somewhere, can be a dangerous thing.

Case in point: A scientist who blogs under the name “Neuroskeptic” wrote a spoof academic piece and submitted it to nine scientific publications, to see whether any would publish what was clearly and explicitly a farce. He chose a Star Wars theme for his submission, writing under the names “Dr. Lucas McGeorge” and “Dr. Annette Kin,” and focusing on the “midi-chlorians,” fictional entities that live inside cells and give Jedi their powers.

The bulk of the paper was a copy-and-paste of the mitochondria entry from Wikipedia, changed with a simple find/replace to turn mitochondr* into midichlor*. He then added clear Star Wars reference, such as:

  • “Beyond supplying cellular energy, midichloria perform functions such as Force sensitivity…”
  • “Involved in ATP production is the citric acid cycle, also referred to as the Kyloren cycle after its discoverer”
  • “Midi-chlorians are microscopic life-forms that reside in all living cells – without the midi-chlorians, life couldn’t exist, and we’d have no knowledge of the force. Midichlorial disorders often erupt as brain diseases, such as autism.”
  • He inserted dialogue verbatim from one of the movies, including the monologue on the Tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise.

To continue reading: May the farce be with you


5 responses to “May the farce be with you, by Lee Travis

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  2. Thanks for cross-posting this, Robert – I appreciate the exposure. The pieces you’ve posted on TBP have been brilliant; I’ll make it a point to frequent your site as much as I visit Jim’s. Keep up the good work.

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    • Lee,
      Thanks. I think this is the first time I’ve seen or posted your posts, but I trolled around your site, defiantthinking, and you’ve got some good stuff. I’ll be stopping by.

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  3. ha ha I loved it Robert Thanks for sharing I reblogged from his page


  4. I’ve posted some other things to TBP as the Crimson Avenger, guess I have an identity crisis. 🙂 Thanks again.


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