Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Little Doogies Whoop Creationist Booties

You all remember Mr. Professor of Neurosurgery? Engor-something-or-another? Ah, seems like yesterday he was bitching and boasting about how little he understood evolution!

Well the contest that put Mr. Professor of Neurosurgery in the lime-light finally has some winners!

  1. Gregory Simonian, 10th Grade
  2. Merve Fejzula, 12th Grade
  3. Shobha Topgi, 11th Grade
  4. Linda Zhou, 9th Grade

The winner said the essays would be uploaded soon... but ARG!!! I wanna read their essays now! You know theyre adorable!! It would also help restore my faith in humanity a bit.

Edit 5-16-07: Shoot! Forgot to link back to Orac!


Tyler DiPietro said...

We need a cool slogan to match the announcement, something like "Silly cranks, science is for rationalists!"

Even if those rationalists are about 1/3rd. your age and have nowhere near your education level. But to be fair, there were a few students in my high school physics class who were very much into creationism (oddly enough, I didn't run into the same thing in bio...).

Anonymous said...

Great essays, I do have one correction to make however. There is no connection thus far between mad cow disease and humans.

ERV said...

Tyler-- Man, could you imagine being 60 years old and getting pwnd by a 9th grader??? How could you show your face at work the next day?

Anon-- I saw some little errors too, but theyre young ones. Theyll learn when they get older and understand the vocab better :) I wish they had contact info listed so we could send them some corrections and encouragement!

I loved the intro to the 4th Place winners essay:
Imagine if when someone said, “I finished reading a book!” they had in actuality only read three-fourths of it. Would you ask this person for help concerning the book? Unlikely, since there is a possibility that the information you want is in the one-fourth of the book that they didn’t read. This same concept can be applied to evolution and the current medical school curriculum.

George Atkinson said...

ERV said... "Man, could you imagine being 60 years old and getting pwnd by a 9th grader?"

Happened to me just last week, and it was a real delight. As a judge (math :analysis) at the International Science and Engineering Fair in Albuquerque, I had opportunity to interview a mathematical prodigy. His exhibit consisted of the first six chapters of a book in progress. I read the second on Wallis product derivations, and found it as good a chapter as might have been written by Whittaker or Titchmarsh, which is to say fine work at the level of an advanced graduate student. The other chapters I could read, but not understand. Each represented (as far as I could see, and later affirmed by other specialists) an independent study of some depth into new territory. I asked him about his use of computational tools such as Mathematica [answer: none, he does everything by hand], and whether he had found good collaborators [answer: no, he's a complete loner]. Here's a young man whose talent eclipses mine; like the aging chess master playing in a simultaneous exhibition against a teen grandmaster and easily pushed to the wall, I can enjoy the privilege of the encounter. The kicker, of course, is that he really is a freshman (in a New Jersey high school). [He did not win a prize. Prevailing opinion among the judges (after substantial and often rancourous caucus discussion) held that he just hadn't matched his explanations to the ability of his inquirers.]

ERV said...

I looove kids like the ones at ISEF!! Clever children are priceless, and I agree, a delight-- but thats not getting pwned ;)

Getting pwned is when you put out a challenge, and someone whoops your booty.

Now if you had told this child "X, Y, Z cant be done!" and he did X, Y, and Z, then he would have pwned you, and I still say I would be dreadfully embarrassed if caught doing such a thing. Especially if X, Y, Z were essential to my field, like what Engor did.