11.19.2012

bp's science says farewell

The posts on this blog that get the most hits are my science posts.  Just recently, I had an overwhelming response to one of my science posts which had been linked via reddit and other blogs.  It was kind of neat to see those links at first, but then people started questioning my facts, and I felt kind of crappy, but I could see why people did it.  In one remark, one of my entries was compared to a 'Wikipedia' page of science, and I get it.  While I have been trying to provide facts that I think are certainly true and the way the science works, I am not doing research myself in my garage lab.  I have a biology degree, but not a mathematics, physics, chemistry or any of the myriad other science degrees.  And as such, I do not understand everything out there.  But, truth is, I wasn't trying to be the science authority (are you kidding me?).  And it's the nature of the beast for a mistake or two to come along.  I mainly did the posts to keep me asking questions and trying to find the answer to them.  I thought it would be interesting to some readers along the way, and I hope it was.

And so, I have decided to quit bp's science.  It had a good long run for almost three years, but it is time to stop.  I've reverted all of the entries to draft so I don't have to read anymore poor comments about them.  Still, I will remember the good comments and, I must admit, some of those posts were gems and right on the money.  Plus, I really did learn a lot!

As Ron Rosenbaum states in a recent Smithsonian Magazine article, "...the wisdom of the ages is in some ways more distant and difficult to find than ever, buried like a lost treasure beneath a fathomless ocean of online ignorance and trivia that makes what is worthy and timelss more inaccessible than ever." And with that, I would encourage you to go to your library and seek out some good old books, papers, or journals.  There isn't any 'Wikipedia' there (that is, unless you go to the library and use the computers...but I digress).  Ciao!

10 comments:

Janice said...

Sad to see it go but I get it.

jo said...

Sad to see BP's science go. But I, like Janice, understand. Along with the "wikipedia" phenomenon, there's also a "every man a critic" phase that, frankly, is just as superficial. With that said, I reserve the right to contact the author personally for awesome/interesting science facts and ideas. You cool with that? :)

jamesandlindsaylattin said...

Props to you for such a great 3 years of personal enrichment. I have enjoyed bp science posts, so much thanks.

Da said...

I saddened to hear that! There are ruthless people out there and because of them, they inhibit progress and good reads such as yours. Well at least you're still posting and doing quite well at it! Keep it up!

Amesbury said...

I loved reading your BP's Science Posts. Sad day to see them ending, but thanks for the great posts along the way.

Chrissy said...

Aw man, there are always haters out there, please don't quit! I really enjoy your blog and it really got me thinking about how things work in a new way. That said, I understand how you feel. Thanks for all of the insights and thoughts you shared!

Chap said...

No one can stop your inquiring (or is it enquiring?) mind! Some people are just jealous of smartness and you have that in truckloads!

Chap said...

Vance says: I liked BP. I wouldn't let others dictate a course of action that people who care about you enjoy.

Jess said...

Haters gonna hate. If people are relying on a blog, yours or any other, to be a scientific authority, they are the fools and not you. I would not let the spiteful minority silence an outlet that you and others enjoy.

Natalie said...

That's so sad! Especially to feel like people were attacking you. :( I think you're great!