Taking my cue from Ben Goldacre’s comments at SciBlog08, I’d like to unleash the power of the blogosphere. I want to see if Nature Networkers can shed any light on the interview that I heard early this morning on the BBC Radio 4 Today program (listen to the 4 min item at 7.21 am).
Prof Ford, a writer and broadcaster (and visiting professor in e-learning at Leicester University), converted the electrical signal from a nerve cell into an audible sound and claimed that this revealed a kind of cellular intelligence. As far as I can tell, this ‘finding’ is not based on any kind of peer-reviewed research. It seemed to be pure supposition on the part of Prof Ford.
But my expertise is not is this area. Can anyone out there dig up any support for Prof Ford’s interpretation (I found nothing on Pubmed)? Or am I correct in thinking that this is non-science (aka nonsense)?
(Incidentally, this interview linked in to an interesting discussion on scientific authority—’Hierarchy in Science’—over at LabLit).