Weekend Cool Science (Gecko Edition)
I’m a huge nerd – and I’m OK with that. I have great respect for science, even the parts of it outside of my narrow medical field. Also, my traffic on the weekends drops a ton, so I figure people aren’t really paying attention to any medical writing I throw down on the weekend. So from now on on the weekend my posts will be about cool sciencey goings on outside of whatever our current topic of discussion is.
This week, I was watching this TED talk by Robert Full and wanted to share it with you guys.
It’s about biology, medicine, and the ways they can feed back on one another to advance both. It’s pretty awesome, go watch! I’ll wait here.
What does it have to do with medicine? Damn near nothing. It’s just cool.
Except at the very end where Full mentions redesigning education. He mentions the need to explicitly train us to talk across disciplines to collaborate. I think that’s so important. Paraphrasing Asimov (I told you I was a huge nerd), overspecialization cuts knowledge at a thousand points and leaves it bleeding. Many of the most awesome scientific and medical discoveries come from collaborations from disparate fields. Despite this, we receive surprisingly little education on how to talk to someone in a different field.