Scientist and Academia
You could say that my original training is as a scientist. Until my mid 30’s I was as a person very unfeeling, rational, analytical and mind orientated Dare I say it; almost the perfect scientist. Although I enjoyed my time in science and it definitely felt like the right place for me at that time I always felt that I was hanging around waiting for ‘something’. Which probably turned out to be my ‘awakening’ experience in 1994.
I had many colleagues trying to persuade me to do a Phd which I was just not interested in. I remember one surgeon telling me that I was more than capable of doing two Phd’s with my hands tied behind my back. That may have been true but what was truer was that science did not hold much of real interest for me. Whenever I thought about doing a Phd there was no areas within science that really appealed to me appart that is from the newly emerging paranormal field which to be honest seemed to me to be the only avenue that really new explorations could be made and new frontiers explored. Science just seemed so restricted, limited with a horribly dry sense of something plodding on down a narrow alley getting narrower all the time.
The peer review system ensures that new ideas have a difficult time getting established as old timers want to have their own (and now out of date) work continually confirmed.
Science should be about exploring the unknown; that is how I always saw what it should be doing when what it is actually doing is defining what is possible from it’s past experience and like a spoilt child it hits out at anything that dares to threaten it’s toys. The mark of a good scientist is one whom is willing to ensure that their current work is seen as out dated as soon as possible, unfortunately if you want to survive and continue working in science; get grants and so on then it is very difficult to be truly edge pushing.
Science seems to have forgotten that it should be about exploring the unknown and that it should not be making assumptions about what is possible and what is not. The whole of science is a catalogue of ‘stances’ over what is ‘currently true’ which a few years down the line is suddenly and quietly superseded by the next set of ‘current truths’ which don’t last long either. Yet scientists seem to be completely blind to this process. I remember a few years ago a French laboratory virtually being ransacked because they had the audacity to carry out scientific experiments that seemed to confirm that homeopathy worked. They were treated like lepers; they became the scientific equivalent of the undead and there work was quietly consigned to the vault of all things that are embarasing to what science thinks it knows. This vault of shame is now orders of magnitude larger than what science holds as true and it grows larger every day.
I was using homeopathic remedies 20 years ago and they work. The fact that science cannot explain why they work is a huge reflection on the staggering limitations of the so called scientific model. There is a nice article in new scientist which details the recent scientific work on homeopathy which much to their horror is confirming that something is going on. One wonders if any whom attacked the original French team will ever have the integrity to apologize over how they treated these pioneers?
Science is brilliant if you want a mobile phone but a waste to time if you want to really know what makes you; YOU. Consciousness is not an addon or plugin it is the core and consciousness operates with or without a physical body and as such is not limited to the physical body or physical laws. You might guess that I am not a fan of science. I am however a fan of the scientific approach which I use constantly in my explorations to ensure validity at least to me and those that work with me.
This was while working within the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Metabolic Medicine under the professorship of George Alberti. I worked with Dr.M.Conlon, Dr.R.Taylor, Dr.A.Hodson during this time and then later for Dr.K.Bartlett when I was employed to look after the Bio-Medical MS UNIT.
DEC-80 – JUN-82 Junior research associate, researching into the effects that various hormones, metal salts and metabolites have on the degradation of somatostatin (a small human peptide), and also the binding of somatostatin to receptors in various tissue membrane preparations. This involved a vast amount of general lab work, experience was gained in experimental design and interpretation, scatchard analysis, statistics and RIA methods.
FEB-83 – JAN-85 Research into fat metabolism in relation to diabetes. Various assays where employed looking at the effects of insulin concentrations and insulin type e.g. bovine, porcine etc. on; glucose transportation into the fat cells, rate of glucose incorporation into lipids, breakdown into C02, as well as insulin binding assays. Fat was obtained from both human volunteers and rats for this work.
JAN-85 – SEPT-97 Employed to look after the biologically based, mass spectrometers, with the post being changed to MANAGER in October 91, giving me responsibility for the Bio-Medical Mass Spectrometry Unit. Working with the following;
- GCMS: 2 x 1020 GCMS (Finnigan MAT) and a Hewlett Packard MSD. Initially I set up stable isotope analysis assays for glucose and palmitate. then later sugar alcohol’s, propionate, ketones, phenylalanine, tyrosine, keto-isocaproate leucine, and glycerol. Other work centred on the identification of organic acids from extracted urine for the diagnosis of inborn errors from hospital patient samples (we had a contract with the hospital to do this for 10 years).
- PYMS: Horizon Instruments Rapyd PYMS system. I have been actively involved with the preparation and running of samples and the analysis of data which is particularly complex. We use GENSTAT for PCA and CVA analysis of the fragmentation data, and neural network analysis for the more sophisticated and complex applications.
- IRMS: IRMS (VG 605 – modified). With the VG605 I spent the first few years of its use involved with sample preparation for C02 measurements of plant material. Particularly to identify carbon metabolism pathways.
- ANCA: Europa Scientific ANCA system for gas, liquid and solid analysis. This was used for a variety of sample types – breaths from protein turnover studies and helicobacter tests and N2, C02 and S from environmental, agricultural, geological, medical and marine sources.