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Dancing Naked in the Mind Field (Vintage) [Kindle Edition]

Kary Mullis
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Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction, a chemical procedure that allows scientists to "see" the structures of the molecules of genes. Mullis is no shy, socially inept bench chemist, though; on the contrary, he has led as big and full a life as possible, opening himself to experiences like hallucinogenic drugs, surfing, casually handling dangerous chemicals, and taking shots at the sacred cows of science. Dancing Naked in the Mind Field is Mullis's own chronicle of his adventures, from wooing countless women to possibly being abducted by aliens, and it's a funny, shocking tale indeed. This man certainly doesn't suffer from lack of self-esteem, and yet you might want him along on a trip to the astral plane, say, or a tour of the human genome. Mullis is a fascinating character and his autobiography will put to rest forever the stereotype of scientist as skeptical nerd. --Therese Littleton

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Kary Mullis won the Nobel Prize for his invention of the polymerase chain reaction, a chemical procedure that allows scientists to "see" the structures of the molecules of genes. Mullis is no shy, socially inept bench chemist, though; on the contrary, he has led as big and full a life as possible, opening himself to experiences like hallucinogenic drugs, surfing, casually handling dangerous chemicals, and taking shots at the sacred cows of science. Dancing Naked in the Mind Field is Mullis's own chronicle of his adventures, from wooing countless women to possibly being abducted by aliens, and it's a funny, shocking tale indeed. This man certainly doesn't suffer from lack of self-esteem, and yet you might want him along on a trip to the astral plane, say, or a tour of the human genome. Mullis is a fascinating character and his autobiography will put to rest forever the stereotype of scientist as skeptical nerd. --Therese Littleton

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 275 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 240 Seiten
  • Verlag: Vintage; Auflage: Reprint (17. November 2010)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B004AM5R0W
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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4.0 von 5 Sternen brilliant nutcase 24. Juli 2000
Von "janelw"
Format:Taschenbuch
I picked up this book because of my fascination with PCR and my desire to know more about the history of the discovery. Actually, this book has very little to do with the polymerase chain reaction (but Paul Rabinow's "Making PCR: A Story of Biotechnology" filled that gap nicely for me). Instead, Mullis gives us a glimpse into his mind. At times he's too open; I don't really care about his lust for women or his drug use, but he's always unabashedly honest. He could easily be described as crazy; he refuses to subscribe to scientifically orthodox views that HIV causes AIDS or that the human race is resposible for global warming. The real reason I think this book is a winner is his humor and his gift of storytelling. Even though this book is nothing like what I expected it to be, I enjoyed it, mostly because it's a fun read, and even scientists can have fun.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A portrait of the scientist as a human being 15. Juni 2000
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For those of you who know Don Cherry, I can only compare Mullis with that legendary hockey personality. They both let you know exactly what they think, no holds barred. Mullis' autobiography is well written, fascinating, and even infuriating at times. The central theme seems to be, "don't believe everything you hear". As a research scientist myself, I must strongly echo that sentiment. There are usually (and I am not exaggerating when I say >75%, at least in my field of chemistry) errors in the reports of scientific matters in the media, even from such reputable services as AP and CNN.
Therefore, read this book, enjoy it, and don't believe any of it just because Mullis says it's so. Sure, I'll take his word for it if he says there's no definitive link between HIV and AIDS, but he didn't convince me atrology is real. Just mentioning these two diverse topics gives you a flavour for what it'll be like to enter the Mind Field.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Scientific Genius as Human Being 26. April 2000
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I first heard of Kary Mullis in 1994, when I read his Chemistry Nobel Prize acceptance speech in Angewandte Chemie, my favorite Chemistry journal. I was then still employed as a researcher with the company that gave us better living through chemistry. I ended up reading the multi-thousand word account of his speech three times, without pause. It was simply brilliant, yet hardly had a word of science in it! Instead, it focused on what it means to be alive and human. I read "Dancing Naked in The Mind Field" in two sittings when it arrived at my door a few weeks ago. It has much science in it, and a whole lot more of other things. It also deals with the excitement and challenges of living and being human. All of it is worth reading, re-reading, digesting, and learning. A more compact course in critical thinking does not exist. Nor a more humorous one. Dr. Mullis is one of those extremely rare human beings that truly can be classified as a genius. He is equally at home at the forefront of DNA research as he is on his surfboard, at a nightclub, or studying up on planetary motion and its relation to the diversity in human personalities. There is nothing too preposterous for him to rigorously investigate and often attempt, while there appear to be very few commonly accepted "truths" in which he cannot find some fundamental fallacy. These include "truths" handed to us from the dogmatic kingdom of post WWII science. His many anecdotes -- from his curious adventures as a boy to his often hilarious encounters as a world famous scientist -- leave the reader fluctuating between uncontrollable fits of laughter and a deeply serious concern for our over-regulated and blatantly unethical world. Reading Dr. Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Wow ! 4. Januar 2000
Von Ein Kunde
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Few books have had a more immediate impact on my thinking than 'Dancing Naked in the Mind Field'. One minute you love the author and his amazing insights...and the next you hate him because he shatters many of your illusions about science & the world around you. By the end of the book you are thinking in a whole new way....Quite amazing !
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Less Than The Sum of its Parts 27. Juli 2000
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Many of the reviewers have expressed wonderment at how such an original person as Kary Mullis could exist. But surely Mr. Mullis is not the only person who's taken LSD, believed in astrology, thought he was saved by an astral traveler or been convinced he was abducted by aliens, so what gives?
I think it's wonderful that he invented PCR. I'm happy that he is so hardcore about the scientific method. Yet he seems to banish all effort at critical thought when discussing his role in the O.J. Simpson trial. It's as if he's saying, "O.J. joked around with me, so it was impossible for him to be the killer." He also seems very credulous with New Age issues, such as his astral saviour, Katherine O'Keefe. I mean, how does someone moving along the astral plane (en route to visiting her mom), actually move something in the material world? He never even asks the question. Then there's the more troubling question, "How many astral travelers have watched me in the bathroom?" Alas, this weighty inquiry also goes unexamined.
Perhaps Kary Mullis is just pulling our collective legs. The unfortunate thing is that we can never know thereafter when he's telling the truth. For example, in describing his unpleasant encounter with brown recluse spiders, he indicates that they kept coming back to feast on the necrotic ooze they created when they bit him. This would certainly be a new twist in spider behaviour! I've never seen anything in brown recluse literature to suggest that they -- or any other spider -- actually feed on humans.
The book is a fun read, but far from being mind-altering, it tends to come across with the same unexamined 'rant' style one often finds on Usenet. It's good for humor here and there, and the stuff about HIV is worth considering, but overall, it doesn't teach me much.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ein schönes Geschenk
Gewünscht .... bekommen....und nicht enttäuscht. Was will man mehr?
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Vor 15 Monaten von Edeltraud Olschewski-Berges veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen I hate science
This book is amazing. I hate science. However, Mullis finds a way to tell you about his discoveries and experiences using humor. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen I hate science
This book is amazing. I hate science. However, Mullis finds a way to tell you about his discoveries and experiences using humor. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 1. Juli 2000 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen Worst book I've read in ages.
It doesn't contain any interesting science, the 'alternative' stuff is pointless, the political views are mis-informed and self-contradicting, the writing gets progessively poorer... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2000 von Doug Plant
1.0 von 5 Sternen Worst book I've read in ages.
It's completely wretched. It doesn't contain any interesting science, the 'alternative' stuff is pointless, the political views are mis-informed and self-contradicting, the writing... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 16. Juni 2000 von Doug Plant
5.0 von 5 Sternen Dancing Naked in the mindfield
A friend handed me this book and said I would like. He really wasn't familiar with my book preferences, but "that didn't matter", he said. He was right. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 29. Mai 2000 von Barry Reed
4.0 von 5 Sternen Creative Insight on a Diverse Array of Topics!
Mullis explains, in narrative form, many of his life experiences ranging from his development of the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) to surfing along the coast of California. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 22. Mai 2000 von Michael Mandola
3.0 von 5 Sternen Uneven
The author discusses a wide range of issues, such as astrology, the hiv-aids hypothesis, drugs, and other kind of out there things. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 9. Mai 2000 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen A five star character, but it's hard to detect here
As Mullis says, the Nobel Prize will open any door, once. And, yes, it will sell a few books. I like Mullis, and think PCR is exceptionally important, but this is three star book... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 8. Mai 2000 von Chris McKinstry
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