Friday, July 31, 2009

The Know-Nothings

DamnGoodTechnician promises a post on "dealing with the scientific uneducatedness of one's family." Yesterday I made the mistake of mentioning the term "PCR" in an email to some contemporary male friends. One guessed that PCR stood for Peruvian Chesty Redhead (hmm....)

Now, anyone who's gotten past intro bio in college knows what PCR is, but the vast majority of otherwise-educated folks have no frickin' clue. I'm not sure if this is odd or not -- I mean, it is a tremendously powerful innovation that has revolutionized biology over the past 20 years. I'm wondering what the equivalent things are in other professions. What is the lawyer version of PCR?