Mix ‘n Match… or mixed-up? “Good Science” and Bad: hard to judge at first

On Friday, October 19th, 2012, the New York Times had two science-related articles that had interesting aspects to them and quotes therein. To convey just how some science can be lauded while other science is misunderstood, if not outright berated, I have copied below a mash-up of elements of each article. The challenge (and the fun) is to correctly group together what all quotes go with each other.  The links at the end are for the articles for you to find out how you did. The point: you can’t always judge a book… or science concept… by its cover.

“The practical applications of his ideas never fully diverted Mr. (“X”) from his passion for basic… research. His incredible curiosity and unbelievable ability to learn sets him apart.” –Hellmut T. Fritzsche

“…scientists and other experts have assailed the experiment as unscientific, irresponsible and probably in violation of international agreements intended to prevent tampering with (___) ecosystems….”

“His ideas drew only scorn and skepticism at first. He was an unknown inventor with unconventional ideas, a man without a college education…”

“…Forbes Magazine described (his company as) ‘a high-tech Roach Motel’ where ‘the money goes in but it never comes out.’ ”

“…(Mr. “X”s) project would give a black eye to legitimate research. ‘ This kind of behavior is disastrous,’ he said, describing (Mr. “X”)… as a ‘messing around, bumbling guy.’ ”

Now that you’ve Checked In-to this idea, Check Out as to how you did:

Story One

Story Two

Yet more quotes from a different story so that you can further see how medical/scientific progress information can be received at first.

“Dr. House pushed against conventional thinking throughout his career. Over the objections of some, he introduced____.  But for 27 years, Dr. House had faced stern opposition while he was developing the device. Doctors and scientists said it would not work, or not work very well, calling it a cruel hoax.”

Read more on the story of the man who developed the cochlear implant.


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