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By Kary Mullis | Comments: ( 131 ) | Date: ( Dec 08, 2019 )

Here is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world s most eccentric Nobel Prize winning scientist Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and forensic science He is also a surfer, a veteran of Berkeley in the sixties, and perhaps the only Nobel laureate to describe a possible encounter with aliens A scientiHere is a multidimensional playland of ideas from the world s most eccentric Nobel Prize winning scientist Kary Mullis is legendary for his invention of PCR, which redefined the world of DNA, genetics, and forensic science He is also a surfer, a veteran of Berkeley in the sixties, and perhaps the only Nobel laureate to describe a possible encounter with aliens A scientist of boundless curiosity, he refuses to accept any proposition based on secondhand or hearsay evidence, and always looks for the money trail when scientists make announcements Mullis writes with passion and humor about a wide range of topics from global warming to the O J Simpson trial, from poisonous spiders to HIV, from scientific method to astrology Dancing Naked in the Mind Field challenges us to question the authority of scientific dogma even as it reveals the workings of an uncannily original scientific mind.


  • Title: Dancing Naked in the Mind Field
  • Author: Kary Mullis
  • ISBN: 9780679774006
  • Page: 130
  • Format: Paperback

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Comments Dancing Naked in the Mind Field

  • Philipp

    tl;dr: trolling is a artThe problem with ebooks is that you can't throw them against the wall. In this case of Mullis' autobiography, or rather loose collection of essays, I wanted to do exactly that about 5 times - it has been a long time since I've been this physically angry at a book.The first quarter of the book is alright - he details how he perfected PCR, how he got the Nobel Prize for that, etc. The one thing that starts to annoy is his constant drive to portray himself as such an unconve [...]


  • Jennifer

    (review originally written for Bookslut)It is widely accepted in the scientific community that Kary Mullis is a kook. Which is a rather odd reaction to a man who has won a Nobel Prize in chemistry and who invented PCR, a tool that not many microbiologists or biochemists would happily live without. But I suppose that it's to be expected, as most press attention that Kary Mullis receives is not centered around his scientific achievements, but rather around his passion for surfing, his past use of [...]


  • Jean

    My uncle lent me this book and told me that, in his scientific opinion, Kary Mullis will be as famous as Einstein a century from now. I figured that would be a book worth reading; it didn't disappoint, but it did provoke.There is an entire chapter that talks about horoscopes. Mullis describes his sign as one that comes on strong and then backs off. That is EXACTLY how this book is. About 10 pages in, I was ready to throw the book across the room and give it negative stars; Mullis is arrogant, op [...]


  • Giulia Crepaldi

    La prova regina del perché non bisogna fidarsi di quello che dice un Premio Nobel, solo sulla base del Premio Nobel.Questo libro è un'accozzaglia di capitoli quasi sempre sconnessi l'uno con l'altro in cui la scoperta della PCR viene trattata en passant e molto superficialmente, mentre scopriamo che per l'autore non è assolutamente credibile un intervento umano nei mutamenti climatici, ma lo sono sicuramente le proiezioni astrali ed i procioni spaziali (no, non Rocket Raccoon), e che non ci s [...]


  • ferrigno

    Disorganico, provocatorio, narcisista. A tratti divertente.È un libro disorganico. Non c'è un progetto, non c'è un inizio né una fine, non è una raccolta di saggi, non è un'autobiografia. È più o meno «tutto quello che mi passava per la testa mentre avevo una tastiera a portata di mano».È pieno zeppo di provocazioni riguardanti argomenti caldi, come AIDS, buco dell'ozono, riscaldamento globale.Il "messaggio" (forse l'unico messaggio che Mullis intenda veicolare realmente) è: «Manten [...]


  • Artie

    This would be the second somewhat autobiographical book I've read involving a Nobel laureate, and the two are vastly different. Mullis is a serious hippie kid who experimented with mind-altering drugs and has the utmost disdain for his own scientific community, not to mention a delightfully caustic wit for (in my opinion) the majority of the world. He's entertaining is you're a fan of debunking scientific myths, the bitter rants of a biochemist, or the O.J. Simpson trial (of which he was nearly [...]


  • Audrey

    This guy is my new hero.So I just finished Mind Field(Sunday 16SEP07) and it was so awesome, I would give it an additional star if I could. This is a truly remarkable book written by an extremely intelligent, eccentric, and keenly observant individual. Be sure to to read the dedication, despite the author's admitted wanderlust, it is quite sweet. I have to include some of the last words in the book, found them very moving:The appropriate demeanor for a human is to feel lucky that he is alive and [...]


  • Marielle

    This book is just short enough for me to call it entertaining. My assessment of Mullis is that he is brilliant but bat shit insane. Take everything he says with .1 moles of NaCl.


  • Pat Cummings

    I knew The Emperor of Scent was jogging my memory about something, and finally recalled the flavor of thought from Nobel Laureate Kary Mullis' autobiographical Dancing in the Mind Field. There it was again—that joyful sense of discovery you remember from your childhood explorations of the world, the belief that you can learn it all if you just keep your eyes and mind open. Of course, not many of us have childhood memories that include compounding tear gas or keeping laboratory refrigerators st [...]


  • TY

    It wasn't as funny as I thought it would be from reading all the reviews.And I just couldn't accept many of his views. His AIDS denialism, believing in astrology and denying that global warming is taking place. Since the book was written in 1998, I wonder if he has changed his mind of some of his views, seeing that there had been more evidence supporting these issues.The few chapters he wrote on AIDS was absolutely horrible. You can almost say that he has no clue as to what a virus is or even kn [...]


  • Ken Householder

    Hilarious and informative. This book contains some of the most entertaining stories from one of the greatest minds of the 20th century and it goes on to challenge some very large assumptions we make about the world around us. From LSD to global warming and HIV.


  • Zina

    Here we have a true scientist in the real sense of the word. He bases his findings on valid research, not just what most people accept as a theory. He has a valid question that no scientist can satisfactorily answer: Where can he find any reference on the claim that HIV is the probable cause of AIDS? No one can answer this and there is no research or findings to support the claim, yet many PhD scientists get angry at any other suggestion. The book is utter brilliance, including his views on astr [...]


  • Jenny

    The LSD fueled meanderings of an arrogant man


  • Cristian

    Should one wait for tenure or winning the Nobel Prize to become controversial? You can become anytime, but then you may wait longer for honors, seems to be the answer of Kary Mullis, the Nobel prize laureate in Chemistry that propelled DNA research by discovering the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Kary seems to be at odds with public and political beliefs and the ones of the scientific establishment. He implies that many ideas that the scientific community dismisses could be further investigat [...]


  • J.G. Keely

    From a consummate genius; developer of PCR; a bit of a strange man. It was lovely to see a person with a passionate and intelligent vision of the world, whose sense of joy and rationality led him down unexpected and influential paths; one of which led to a Nobel Prize. Unfortunately, there is also a cautionary tale in this: that no matter how ensconced one is in the rational process, it is easy to be 'caught up'. Mullis reference several drug-based and sober experiences which support certain bel [...]


  • Barryhobbs

    It's like reading a smart asshole's blog that has been edited and shoved into a short paperback.About every sixth page, expect him to mention his nobel prize, or some reason that scientists are the highest order of life amongst humans and have been repressed and humiliated throughout history.There are many chapters that will remind you of some strange guy you met at a bar that seemed smart and interesting until he felt you were worthy of hearing about his "special" knowledge. Abducted by a talki [...]


  • Paul

    A brief, hilarious and often provocative book by the Nobel Prize winner who invented the polymerase chain reaction, which greatly improved DNA analysis and eventually launched many crime shows. The book was published in 1998, so it's dated. The author is entirely contrarian and makes some interesting points about such things as HIV and AIDS never having been proved to be connected, how big pharma invents maladies for which it can sell us expensive drugs, how horoscopes calculated by scientists m [...]


  • Aija

    WOW, is this conspiracy or controversy?Ozone hole is not an issue (it's all about money!) does not cause AIDS (it's all about money!). Global warming is not an issue (it's all about money!). Every psychologist should study astrology and horoscopes (not about money). Trans fats are OK (don't remember what about that was).Could they have been aliens (no idea)?And this is what a person who got Nobel thinks? Could it be he is wrong in the other fields apart from PCR?What else Kind of *entertaining* [...]


  • Thais

    Alcuni capitoli sono davvero meravigliosi, esilaranti, interessantissimi. Altri, quelli dove l'autore espone le sue idee sul mondo della scienza, risultano un po' noiosi.Un premio Nobel (vinto nel '93) non è bastato a calmare Kary Mullins, vulcanico biochimico che non ha paura di sperimentare droghe, surf, donne e chi più ne ha più ne metta, e che non si lascia abbindolare facilmente: qualunque cosa gli dicano deve essere dimostrata scientificamente, altrimenti non ci crede. E così comincia [...]


  • Erin

    If you're interested in how scientists actually make great discoveries - read this book. You might be surprised. The part I remember most about this book was when the author was driving down the road, exhausted, pulled over and suddenly had the flash of insight that was the basis for his discovery of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) - for which he won the Nobel Prize. Just an amazing story.I loved the way Mullis was so open about his quirkiness and the mistakes he has made during his life - the k [...]


  • Ellen

    I want to party with this guy.Kary Mullis, known to us biology dorks as the guy who invented PCR, reflects on growing up, synthesizing psychoactive compounds in a garage in college, dropping acid and inhaling a whole lot of nitrous while working for Cetus (oh, and coming up with PCR), winning the Nobel Prize, hitting on the empress of Japan, the OJ trial, being abducted by aliens, and my favorite-- being paid 7 grand NOT to give a talk at Glaxo. A fantastic read.


  • Lolacsd

    Genius/madman/party animal. I know this guy. Fascinating journey into the mind of a real mad scientist.


  • Ivan Voras

    A book which to me describes what it means to be an independent thinker, whether right or wrong.


  • Ruggero

    The worst book I've ever read.You would expect a Nobel Prize-winner to be a clever guy, but here is a book where the author turns out to be anything but a good scientist: in my opinion the book is a collection of disorganised (and embarassing) chapters, where Dr. Mullis does not give any proof to his wild and crazy thoughts.It is very easy to criticize anyone and anything, like the author does, while it is much more difficult to work hard on a topic and find proofs to scientific hypotheses, like [...]


  • Rebecca Watts

    This guy is probably fun at parties. And though I'm not entirely sure I agree with or believe a lot of what he says, HE believes it and that's interesting enough. His stories are thought provoking and a few of them had me saying "what an IDIOT!" (But in a nice way. In an "I care about you" kind of way. And a "Gee that sounds dangerous" way.)Since the book was written nearly 20 years ago, I wondered if he'd changed much of his thinking about some of what he's written. I don't think he has. He sti [...]


  • Ram Vasudeva

    I must be honest on this one. The edition I read had 22 chapters and I must say 19 out of the 22 chapters are a great read, others not so. Probably as a scientist, it is not that interesting. But Kary's book has been like a breath of fresh air, i didn't want to put it down (barring those 3 chapters). He gives an excellent account of the discovery of PCR and the brilliance of his scientific endeavours. His points are worthy of paying attention to, that is exactly how science is practise. Question [...]


  • Steven Li

    People rag on this book for being a Feynman rip-off but so what. A tangerine is kind of a rip-off of an orange but I still eat both.I will say Mullis is definitely edgier than Feynman. Fir example, he openly promotes LSD while Feynman was way more discrete about it. But then again, Mullis doubts HIV causes AIDS and thinks aliens communicated to him via a talking rodent :/At any rate, a great read. I think I finished it in one sitting.


  • Natasciaf

    L'ULTIMO GENIOCaliforniano appassionato di sole, surf e chimica dai suoi primi esperimenti per ricreare LSD nel suo garage a nuove teorie contestatorie ed originali su AIDS-HIV, ambiente, e tanto altro il tutto passando per un premio Nobel grazie alla scoperta che ha rivoluzionato gli studi sul genoma. Per i curiosi e per chi non si fida delle apparenze


  • Ender Jones

    Interesting dude for sure, and as a biology student it was cool to read about the origin of PCR but the dude is a climate change denier and an HIV/AIDS denier (not the mention the disgustingly homophobic things he said in that chapter) so by the time i got to that part of the book i was like, fuck him and just skimmed the rest. Goes to show that a brilliant mind can still be extremely ignorant.


  • calico Rosenberg

    so there i was, innocently chasing cats in the bookstore 'twice told tales' when i found myself in the educational science section and decidedto see if there were any neurobiology type books taht didnt predate my own existence--and I randomly saw this title.i believe t was my developmental biology professor who mentioned this guy and his book, about 3 or 4 years ago, and it has been high in the lis tof books Ive wnted to read ever since, but id sort of forgotten about it. i got so excited and be [...]


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