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Journal Entry 1 by winglabmomnmwing from Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, November 15, 2009

5 out of 10

Some of these little stories were funny, but some kind of annoy me - I think I'm too close to the lab. And I know I shouldn't let a silly little book get to me, but it points up a major problem: the lack of communication between scientists & the "general public". For example, the very last story is of a 3-year study out of Denmark, "that concluded that normal pigs could suffer from depression when given the designer drug Ecstasy". People outside the biological sciences would probably read that & be angry about how much money was spent on such a ridiculous project on pigs, for Pete's sake! What the little story *doesn't* point out is that pigs are used for this kind of project because they are physiologically very similar to humans in some ways and reserachers can control their living environments. We can't do the same kind of research on humans because we can't control their backgrounds if we look at a population already taking Ex - were they already depressed and taking the drug to try to get away from their depression? Are they using other drugs in combination? We can't put them in a controlled environment for months & monitor their progress....that used to be done with prisoners all too often and raises all kinds of ethical issues, be the subjects prisoners or volunteers. Anyway - legitimate research, poorly explained to the layman, makes for grumpy people all the way around.

That soapbox taken care of, some of the dumb stories were funny & the science test answers were a hoot. 


Journal Entry 2 by winglabmomnmwing at by hand, A Bookcrossing member -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, November 15, 2009

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Gave to NMReader 


Journal Entry 3 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Sunday, November 15, 2009

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I have read other books by this author and am looking forward to this one 


Journal Entry 4 by NMReader from Herndon, Virginia USA on Monday, November 16, 2009

8 out of 10

I'm a little further from the lab and therefore while I understand how important some of the studies are I can laugh at how the might be perceived.

This is a quick read book - I finished while doing cardio at the gym.

I hope to send out as a ring and then donate to the YES house in Gillette WY 


Journal Entry 5 by NMReader at Gillette, Wyoming USA on Thursday, November 26, 2009

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Will mail while others shop 


Journal Entry 6 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Saturday, December 05, 2009

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Gratefully received today - I love the cover art!

I just started something else, but I'll get to this as soon as I can, thanks. :) 


Journal Entry 7 by winghyphen8wing from Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Wednesday, January 06, 2010

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Just a note to apologize for taking so long with this book. Between the holidays and a houseguest, life has been hectic.

It's an enjoyable read - although many of the bits mentioned seemed zany, they were by no means all stupid. I could even guess the reasons why some of them were studied, and in some cases, I'd like to know what happened next.

I'll send this off to nediamnori87 once I've confirmed her address. 


Journal Entry 8 by winghyphen8wing at Honolulu, Hawaii USA on Thursday, January 14, 2010

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This bookring is going to Scotland next.

Make the whole world a library! 


Journal Entry 9 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 21, 2010

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This book arrived today I have a few rings to read before this but should get to it soon. Looking forward to reading it. 


Journal Entry 10 by nediamnori87 from St Andrews, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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This was quite an interesting book although it could have done with a bit more information with respect to the experiments carried out. I particularly enjoyed the sections of the exam answers some of them are bizarre and one can only wonder what were they thinking.
Certainly a quick read and probably would be better as a page a day calendar. I also agree with the first journal entry that some of the experiments are actually sensible if you think about them which the book doesn't want to explain it's more there for shock value.

Thank you for sharing

Waiting to find out where it's going now 


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