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Re: your valued opinions- writing on trees/body languages/fungi

Subject: Re: your valued opinions- writing on trees/body languages/fungi
From: Bill Kowalczyk
Date: Jan 04 2012 09:57:27
On 3 Jan 2012, at 13:30, Jon Heuch wrote:

I would regard a book like that rather like Erik von Daniken's books of the 
1970s - some interesting
observations and facts that others may have overlooked but unscientific in 
its approach; others' work has been
looked for to support a notion (not a hypothesis) and dressed up with 
references to give it some plausibility;
the scientific results that contradict the proposed "notion" are just 
neatly ignored, either through ignorance of
the writer or their unscientific approach.


Two of my Christmas reads were titled:
"the importance of stupidity in scientific research" which talked about 
"productive stupidity" where
you are ignorant by choice. The more you know it becomes apparent that the 
less you know; it comes
as something of a shock to successful students (who have obtained high 
grades) that science doesn't
know the answer to lots of questions and scientists operate in a world of 


"Why most published research findings are false". More about statistics.
If you're interested in science they're worth reading.

That's a bit harsh Jon.
Are you also going to have a go at me for helping Mattheck publish a book 
with cartoon drawings of a hedgehog holding a flower above his head, 
supposedly to express some scientific notion?

And you'll certainly have seen some of the other books about arboriculture on 
the shelves. I understand that it's still possible to get a certain august 
tome by Peter Bridgeman!

I'm not trumpeting Stamets as a scientist, or his books as scientific 
treatises, I was merely making a point about references and personal views to 
encourage Tony to write a book if he thinks it's in him. Perhaps I'll let you 
know what I think of Mycelium Running when I've finished it. 

Either way, it's not a 'science' book, and the language is a bit, hmm... 
'American', but so far I'm finding it fascinating. I found his presentation 
with Alan Rayner at Kew last year fascinating too and the main reason I'm 
reading this and a number of his other books I've recently bought is that I 
want to grow my own mushrooms! If I find out anything relevant to arb in the 
meantime, then so much the better. 


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