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Post James Watson the biopunk
James Watson is arguably one of the most famous scientists today.

He discovered the double helix structure of DNA is 1953. He was 23 years old. He found the missing piece when he walked into the office of a fellow researcher Rosalind Franklin at a neighboring university. He found it snooping through the papers on her desk. Had she been in the room, she would not have let him do it. Had her boss had balls, he would not have let him either. Watson was young and curious, he didn't care. He had the biopunk attitude.

He takes the missing piece back to his friend Francis Crick and they ponder how to use it. One night Watson cuts molecule models from cardboard. He looks at them, starts twisting and turning them until they suddenly fit. He realizes that the structure of life is a double helix. The genius Linus Pauling is also looking for the structure, he is not the one who finds it, he lacks the biopunk attitude.

James Watsons career is laced with controversy. His Nobel prize in 61 pretty much gave him carte blance to say whatever he wanted, and he has taken that opportunity. Sometimes he has been brilliant, sometimes he's been ahead of his time and sometimes you wish he would have shut up.

He is a biopunk

Here he is telling emplyees at Google that they probably should not have children with each other. The speech is 1h15min.



Sun Mar 23, 2008 4:38 pm
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Post Re: James Watson the biopunk
what abut the other guy that did going to travel on his owen ship in 2 years to find cells in pafic or somthing like that ? do biopunk relate to this kind of stuff hedweb.com ? they probbly influnce us more becuse its how we think anfd not just transportaion to some functions if you think just genteics
hmm wilson will not that also amke stevn pinker a guy
just like gibson are not real hackers just supplu ideas...


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Post Re: James Watson the biopunk
kluss wrote:
what abut the other guy that did going to travel on his owen ship in 2 years to find cells in pafic or somthing like that ? do biopunk relate to this kind of stuff hedweb.com ? they probbly influnce us more becuse its how we think anfd not just transportaion to some functions if you think just genteics
hmm wilson will not that also amke stevn pinker a guy
just like gibson are not real hackers just supplu ideas...


Yeah, this is exactly how I see Biopunk. As the memeplex of the biohacker. A culture that builds on existing subcultures such as those of RAW, Gibson, Stallman, the hacker and PUA subcultures and what have you... and adds it's own heroes such as Watson, Venter and Endy.

Biopunk is about hacking the living, and biohacking is doing so in its purest form.

-Splicer

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