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Laurence Hurst and the slime mold model of discovery

June 05, 2023 Itai Yanai & Martin Lercher Season 3 Episode 14
Laurence Hurst and the slime mold model of discovery
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Laurence Hurst and the slime mold model of discovery
Jun 05, 2023 Season 3 Episode 14
Itai Yanai & Martin Lercher

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Laurence Hurst is a professor of Evolutionary Genetics and the founding Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution at The University of Bath. Martin actually learned biology from Laurence as a postdoc, and he still likes to quote Laurence’s favorite question after the departmental seminars: “Why is this interesting?” In this episode, Laurence explains his Slime Mold Model of the scientific process, advises us to follow the data, and tells us that much of his research springs from him being a magpie for funny little observations that don’t fit into the current scientific worldview. 

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Laurence Hurst is a professor of Evolutionary Genetics and the founding Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution at The University of Bath. Martin actually learned biology from Laurence as a postdoc, and he still likes to quote Laurence’s favorite question after the departmental seminars: “Why is this interesting?” In this episode, Laurence explains his Slime Mold Model of the scientific process, advises us to follow the data, and tells us that much of his research springs from him being a magpie for funny little observations that don’t fit into the current scientific worldview. 

For more information on Night Science, visit https://www.biomedcentral.com/collections/night-science .