Nature’s advice to these young scientists is to read Advice to a Young Scientist by Peter Medawar (Harper and Row, ), which celebrates its. ADVICE TO YOUNG. SCIENTIST. PETER MEDAWAR. M.V. Satyanarayana. Department of Physics. 17 Sep Born in Brazil in to a Lebanese father and a British mother, Peter Medawar became one of the greatest immunologists of his day. He arrived in England as.

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I too like the fact that Medawar seems so very willing to listen to other viewpoints with respect. Having read several of Dawkins’s books and hearing his interviews, though I mostly agree with his views on how the universe is made up, I cannot condone his dismissive and nasty attitude toward those who disagree with him.

When folks who have views contrary to mine act as Dawkins does it infuriates me, thus I feel I must point out that his speech is too often snide and childish.

This is a shame because I believe he would otherwise have very valuable things to say. Sorry to take so long getting back to you. I think Dawkins’ inflammatory language stems more from marketing tactics.

It’s how he keeps himself in the public eye. My beef with Dawkins is acting as though he can empirically prove his position when it is not a scientific one. What can be empirically proven is the existence of evil.

For Dawkins to dismiss war, rape, murder, slavery et al. It’s a faith based on his particular philosophy. Thanks for commenting on my post. I hope you get a chance to read Medawar.


Advice To A Young Scientist

You’ll enjoy this book. You should find a cheap out of print copy on Amazon or ebay. I welcome comments from anyone with a mutual interest in the subjects I written about.

Their book reviews have cost me a lot of money. I race to my trusty computer and set the search engine hounds medawzr the scent of a particular author and, as often as not, end up buying the book. That is how I came to discover a delightful author by the name of P.

Peter Brian Medawar was a scientist he died in who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in for his work on graft rejection and acquired immune tolerance which fundamentally contributed to organ and tissue transplants.

He is also a really funny writer.

This is why a non science person like myself came to buy and very much enjoy a book geared towards scientists. Even though his target audience is young, green behind the ears, science students at the colleges where he taught, his points are written in a format that even the most ignorant lay men that would be me can understand and laugh scentist.

He advises practicing on children, whose attention spans he compares to mice. And he gives advice to the scientists who make up the audience of those lectures.

Scientists should behave in lectures as they would like others to behave in theirs. It is an inductive law of nature that lecturers always see yawns and a fortiori those hugely cavernous yawns that presage the almost complete extinction of the psyche. Medawar gently guides these young men and scientistt away from the temptation to cultivate an arrogant attitude-especially against older scientists.

He admonishes them to be careful not to assume that because they are experts in advlce field that they are experts on anything else. He warns them that non scientists believe one of two things about scientists. An attempt should nevertheless be made not to acerbate either condition of mind. Proportional representation, the Dead Merawar Scrolls, the fitness of women for holy orders, or the administrative problems of the eastern provinces of the Roman Empire I found his views on religion and God especially interesting.


Not religious himself, he nevertheless contends that science is not qualified to make any assertive statement towards either.

There is no quicker way for a scientist advicr bring discredit upon himself and on his profession than roundly to declare Scientists do not speak on religion from a privileged position. Young scientists must however never be tempted into mistaking the necessity of reason for the sufficiency of reason.

Rationalism falls short of answering the many simple and childlike questions people like to ask: An astute observation that I wish Richard Avice would wrap his mind around.

It angers me that his books take up whole shelves of the science section in my local bookstore when his writings are philosophical NOT scientific. Science can only give us the sum of the parts, not the gestalt.


Or turn to drugs, alcohol, or stay busy all the time in order to avoid them. I bought this book. Posted by Sharon Wilfong at Brian Joseph August 29, at 2: Sharon Henning September 2, at Carol November 18, at Sharon Henning November 19, at 6: Newer Post Older Post Home.