Sometimes I despair at the continuing naïveté of scientists. From those who think we’re going to use new weapons responsibly to those who trust that grant money will be given out on the basis of which research holds the most promise to benefit the earth or humanity, researchers in any field can be startlingly ignorant of how their work will ultimately be used.
Today’s example comes from researchers attempting to reproduce the human tongue, including stiffness, texture, and shape, of course, but also things like coefficient of friction and ability to remain moist & lubricated when wetted. Check out this release on their breakthrough, taken from sciencedaily.com:
I mean, yay for their diligent work and scientific progress, but can you believe that they listed the expected practical applications as “help[ing] food scientists study mechanical interactions of foods, liquids and medicines” with human tongues?
If they think that 7 billion people are going to hear about a textured, wettable, silicone tongue and think, “Yeah, that’s something we should definitely leave to the food scientists & people who study chewing/ swallowing disorders,” then they don’t know humanity very well.
Also, and post-scriptively, and apropos of nothing, and too, there are exactly 69 days left until Democrats are on top again.