I, like other fellow creatures, tend to be impulsive at times and the internet is a really great place to put one’s foot in your mouth. I have done this on at least two occasions in this blog. I’m sure it won’t be the last time either, simply because it’s so easy to just click on links and post things.
The two cases in point are my last posting regarding an article by a heart surgeon which I have since removed and another one regarding something called “somatids” which was simply brownian motion of very small particles under the microscope. I later learned that this heart surgeon had apparently had his license suspended in 2008. To say he has a checkered past is putting it mildly. I removed the somatid article very quickly once I begin to understand what it was they were calling somatids, having seen similar things myself under a variety of microscopes when viewing living material.
So the bottom line is the internet is a two-edged sword full of mostly unfiltered information and disinformation. It is getting better with reviews, but even then, reviewers may be just paid shills. To the extent that I have contributed to the dissemination of spurious, fraudulent, or self-serving tripe, I apologize. All I ask in return is that you seriously consider what I am saying about the laboratory data I have presented here because this is work that I did myself at Ohio State University. The observations are real, other people have seen these structures for themselves, it should be reproducible by others, and their reality cannot be denied or refuted. In short, they demand an explanation from the scientific community.
Whether my interpretations of the data in this blog are accurate or not is something that must be addressed through experimental research. If a trivial explanation is in order, fine. I have no problem with that and I can shut this blog down once and for all. On the other hand, if even a small portion of what I am saying here is correct, this could turn biology in general and genetics in particular onto their collective heads.
I can understand the casual reader moving on at this point and I have no problem with that. Even passivity of the general biological community to this blog does not disturb me. People do have lives and obligations to fulfill and only small windows of time to do it in. Who I am calling out here are the well-moneyed big whigs; the autonomous, megalithic publishing machines, who if they accidentally stumble onto this blog will probably respond with classical knee-jerk brushoffs, cop-outs, laziness, cowardice, contempt, or something even more sinister. If you are half as smart as you think you are, then, put me in my place once and for all. I have no problem with that. You on the other hand, seem to have a definite problem with that and we both know what that is, don’t we? Simply put, you are of the opinion that it somehow threatens your status quo to even acknowledge this blog. I can think of only three reasons why: 1) You think you and other elites are the only ones capable of finding paths to truth using knowledge acquired through discovery, 2) You are absolutely afraid to test my hypotheses for fear they may have a grain of truth in them and somehow disrupt your gravy train or 3) All of the above. None of these reasons lead to good science. Instead, they simply entrench dogma, just like a religion.
So in conclusion, I am asking for help from the scientific community to determine exactly what these structures are. I cannot do this without help and I am finished with my admonitions of the human species regarding being open-minded and bravely swimming against the tide of mainstream thinking. I’ll just play my piano, instead.
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.” Daniel Patrick Moynihan, former U.S. Senator.
Dr. Frank Abernathy
P.S. Thoughtful, reasoned comments (preferably with reference links) are always welcomed, along with e mails.