May the farce be with you, by Lee Travis

This would be hilarious were it not so disturbing. From Lee Travis at defiant thinking.wordpress.com:

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

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

  1. Pingback: He Said That | STRAIGHT LINE LOGIC

  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

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  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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