The Dawning of the Age of Biology


22 Responses to “The Dawning of the Age of Biology”

  1. El Scorcho says:

    Holy moly, so many geek celebrities in one place. John Cusak is looking good. <3

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have had a crush on John Cusack for as long as I can remember — because he’s even smarter than he is good-looking — and this picture just ups the sigh factor — smart is sexy, good-looking can be sexy, but whoaaaa….the two of them together are irresistible.

    No way you could be stupid and survive a conversation at that table.

  3. dwdyer says:

    Honestly, this is one step away from being a nerdgasm.

    Nerdgasm being: (SFW)

    Maybe a cerebralnerdgasm.

  4. stirboo says:

    Nice looking desserts.

  5. Keneke says:

    Was Gates the alpha dog at the table? I get the sense that he was, from all the body language.

  6. hisdevineshadow says:

    Is this the equivalent of the kiddies table at Thanksgiving?

  7. Rosa Albuquerque says:

    As a Latina biologist, I’d like to give a big shout out to all the people of color in that pho–waaaait a minute. The future (of biology) is so white, I gotta wear shades?

    Ay yi yi.

  8. Cruxx says:

    Apocalyptic shit-disturber? I have no idea what you mean by that, but it sure sounds good. I always liked John Cusack as an actor, but I had no idea that he might be up to anything that would warrant a description like that. Time for me to do a little Googling I guess.

  9. EricT says:

    John Cusak is one of the few who I would fantisize about having a meal with. If only to try and convice him to make Stranger in a Strange Land. I think he would be perfect to produce and play Ben Caxton. In a sort of flying car Retro sixties men wear hats and skinny ties art directed future.

  10. za7ch says:

    I see white people…

    But seriously… is that Michael Shermer at the far right? Looks like him.

  11. secular says:

    who is the seventh person in this photo. i just feel sorry for him. you even listed people who where not in the photo but “huddled around” it. do you hate him? poor guy.

  12. Anonymous says:

    if i cook the meal, could i come to the next meeting of the minds. course i would morph into the fly.

  13. wastrel says:

    So was there just the one biologist at the table?

    • Xeni Jardin says:

      This was one of many tables. If you click through to the EDGE article, there’s more about the many biologists and scientists who attended. I wasn’t smart enough to keep up with those dudes.

  14. daen says:

    Pity John Quackenbush wasn’t there (ex of The Institute for Genome Research, now professor of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Harvard School of Public Health). I saw him give a talk on system biology in 2004 at Linkoping in Sweden at the Society for Bioinformatics in the Nordic Countries’ annual meeting. He was an excellent and engaging speaker (using a photo of George W and a chimpanzee to highlight shared human/simian ancestry, for example :-), and interestingly shares a physics background with Dyson. He’s one of those cross-disciplinary workers who you just know is going to come up with something revolutionary someday.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Anyone else got “Age of Aquarius” from Hair stuck in their head now?

    Not until I mentioned it?

    Alrighty then!

    • bwcbwc says:

      Stuck, but before I read your post.

      They wouldn’t even have to change the “Let the sun shine…” part for the “Age of Biology” version.

  16. liv says:

    if i cook the meal, could i come to the next meeting of the minds. course i would morph into the fly.


  17. Patrick Dodds says:

    What was the food like?

  18. dole says:

    A few poses away from an epic Last Supper picture. SRSLY.

  19. nanuq says:

    Did my invitation get lost in the mail again? I hate that.

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