“A little bit of knowledge generates a great deal of ignorance”

This guy almost gets it right. Apparently Morality and truth without God is what science needs to keep being good science in pursuit of truth. I like what he has to say, except for the bit about scientists believing that they would burn in hell if they didn’t get it right. Early Christian scientists were good at their work because they were seeking truth, because they believed in the concept of truth to begin with. Morality does not exist without God. Nietzsche got this right, first Christianity died, then God altogether died, then morality dies.

Kim Nasmythed

Kim Nasmyth, 63, is a renowned researcher who co-discovered cohesin, a protein complex crucial for faithful chromosome segregation during cell division. Amongst other prizes and distinctions he is a member of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), a fellow of the Royal Society and a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS). The British scientist has been director of the Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna for seven years and is currently the Head of the Biochemistry Department in Oxford. This chemist with a passion for climbing visited the PRBB last November.

Many of your students have become very successful scientists… what are you like as a mentor?

I have to admit I am not very sympathetic, I don’t go around holding hands with my students. But I help them think clearly, to set their sights high, expect a lot; but also to distinguish between what is achievable and…

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