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Dispelling The Myth Of Scientific Research In American culture the word scientist often goes hand-in-hand with the image of a secluded old man meticulously calculating formulas within his fluorescent-lit laboratory but few scientists actually prescribe to such a noble and knowledge-dedicated lifestyle Through the careful research of The Double Helix we can easily dispel this fairytale image of scientists at work and reveal a more realistic lifestyle The Double Helix presents James D Watson as a young lively and ambitious scientist with questionable motives packaged with a few unconventional character traits The Double Helixs vivid and novel portrayal of a more modern scientist details a stark contrast to that of the secluded old man Clearly Watson does not fit the nostalgic image of the selfless-humanitarian scientist That is Watson often neglects to demonstrate first-class ethics and high-quality morals often attributed to the idealistic scientist Also Watson does not seem to follow the time-honore d scientific method Instead Watsons alternative brand of research often involves the knowing or unknowing contribution of fellow scientists This fresh alternative presentation of the scientist at work serves to alter any previously held misconceptions In essence The Double Helix strives to dispel the myth surrounding traditional scientific research by presenting a candid account of a modern scientist who does not possess the standard characteristics of a traditional scientist nor display the mannerisms traditionally associated with the scientific method Watson and Crick had few of the qualities associated with the time-honored scientists of old instead Watson and Crick were characterized as loudmouthed young men who devoted more time to talking and drinking than to experiment Comfort 199 Showing tactlessness and disregard for the thoughts of others some would say Watson has become the typical new scientist That is Watson and Crick could be associated with Chargraffs idea of dark horses who could hardly have been thought of before science became a mass occupation subject to and forming part of all the
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