Margie Profet: a controversial scientist who went missing

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  1. digi_owl says:

    Meh, my understanding of allergy is that is the normal human immune system gone fear mongering. Basically the biological equivalent of the US security apparatus post-9/11.

    • Lobster says:

      Funny, because come Spring my nose seems to contain more than 3 oz. of liquid.

      • digi_owl says:

        I am not saying it is a problem, i am questioning the view of it being a feature rather than a bug. Still, allergies are all over the place these days. Apparently thanks to our  overly clean living.

        • Comman Dax says:

          Or perhaps in response to our chemical-laden living. 

          • digi_owl says:

            Well there was a recent report about rat developing allergies after being given antibiotics, while a test group in the same environment did not.

          • Gunker says:

            All matter consists of chemicals, always has, always will

  2. C W says:

    “For Profet, all three biological processes were part of the same system.”

    The ability to unify theories is definitely a sign of intelligence, however the desire to unify all not-necessarily-connected theories can also be a sign of madness :( 

    Hopefully her life could offer some benefits to society and isn’t only restricted to the malformed ideas and linkages. Hopefully she’s at least able to live happily on her own terms, or at worst, able to get the care she needs.

    • digi_owl says:

      And that is why there is such a thing as independent testing and verification, tho that cornerstone is under siege by the increasing cost and complexities of experiments.

    • Guest says:

       the line between the two, is science.

  3. Nadreck says:

    “There is a thin line between Genius and Madness: I have erased this line.” – Oscar Levant

  4. Lobster says:

    Oooooooooh, I bet she was abducted by BIIIG PHARMAAAA oooooooh.

  5. BillStewart2012 says:

    I met Margie at a conference in the mid-90s or early 00s.  Interesting person, hope she’s ok.

  6. Big Pharma killed her of course!

  7. doctorrosenrosen says:

    How does boingboing decide which pseudo-scientists to mock, and which to present as creative geniuses working outside the constraints of the scientific establishment?

    Is it a judgement of character? Politics?

    • mindfu says:

       She seems to not have been selling snake oil or trying to convince people to stay away from healthy procedures, while also adding to the general pool of scientific information even if one of her most passionate proposals seems to have been quite wrong.

      For those reasons, as an unbiased reader this presentation of her here seems reasonable to me.

    • UniAce says:

      Her theories were substantive and TESTABLE (falsifiable), and were published in scientific peer-reviewed journals.  That’s a legitimate contribution to real science.

  8. Fornicus says:

    “Bruce Ames met Margaret Profet while he was teaching a toxicology seminar to physics students at Berkeley. Her soft-spoken yet astute remarks stopped him mid-stride. In a “who are you” moment, Ames asked Profet about her background. He “almost fainted” when Profet told him she was a waitress.”

    Er, by the time she was at Berkeley she had a bachelor’s from Harvard in political philosophy.  To identify herself as a waitress was disingenuous, but makes excellent copy.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Can you get any job other than waiting tables with a bachelor’s in political philosophy? While we’re at it, are we assuming that nobody in the service industry has a degree? And is a bachelor’s in political philosophy a credential for scientific acumen?

      • Robert says:

        So… has Fornic thus been served?

      • Fornicus says:

        1) If you’re saying she was being self-deprecating, I can see how that was lost in transcription. 

        2) Good point: I took the prof’s astonishment to be at the idea that she was uneducated, not that she was doing nothing with her degree. Details of her education were only given after the quoted paragraph, hence my reaction that the writing of the article was overly-dramatic. 

        3) That was my point, though I may not have made it clearly: making a contribution to the field of evolutionary biology while having a background in political philosophy (and later physics) is impressive enough without having to suggest they are a wage slave in the service industry.

  9. Preston Sturges says:

    Has anybody checked the State Home For Manic Pixie Dream Girls ?

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