Sunday, May 15, 2005

Live Dangerously: Be a Scientist

That's the headline of an article over on Whitley Streiber's Unknown Country site:

The gist is that scientists in certain fields (mostly anything to do with infectious diseases or molecular biology) are dying at an unusual rate (the article mentions 20) since January of 2004. But really, this is May of 2005 and listing 20 deaths of scientists in that time period doesn't make a pattern. Besides, several of the deaths listed are clearly natural, or caused by complications of surgery, or clearly accidental. A few appear to be suicides. A few look like murder.

But I'm wondering how many individuals from other professions died during the same 17-month period? Just as an example, how many lawyers or physicians died in the same period? I'm sure, worldwide, it was more than 20. This article is a good example of conspiratorial thinking, linking together disparate events and calling it "suspicious" or evidence of a "pattern".

I think my profession is still safe.