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Saturday, April 21, 2007

UsefulChem and Skateboarding

I just came across Karl Bailey's blog, a chemistry teacher at Clark College who happens to teach virtually the same 3 organic chemistry classes that I do, in the same sequence following the Wade book. Clark has a quarter system like Drexel.

But what really caught my attention was his mention of UsefulChem and the image of skateboarders he used on the post. What a great representation of Open Source Science, at least the way that many of my friends and I conceive of it. I also get the same vibe from many of the young people that see me after I speak on the topic.

I suppose it represents a form of rebellion from the status quo, but not without standards for competence and dedication. Without that rebellion is just cynicism.

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