Blogging To Provoke Thought

Clay Siegall, the CEO of Seattle Genetics, has put together a blog where he publishes links to articles, most of which seem to come from the National Public Radio (NPR) website, of interest largely on scientific topics. The articles are very interesting, and in fact, the most recent item published on his site is based on speculation as to whether Neanderthals and humans actually kissed.

The point of this story is that Neanderthals, with their very limited life expectancy, did not floss, or otherwise clean between their teeth. That in mind, recently Neanderthals were uncovered at a site in Spain, and because of this lack of flossing, there is fossilized plaque on their teeth and gums that is being studied for clues as to how they lived.

The research revealed that they ate rhinoceros, sheep and mushrooms, but there was something far more telling in their findings. A genome, which is associated with human gum disease, was detected. This has led some leading researchers and scientists to conclude that humans and Neanderthals likely kissed.

Perhaps Clay Siegall did not intend for this to happen, however, the next article on his blog, which links to another story on NPR, has the “mouth” as a central them once again. In this story, pictures from the Cassini spacecraft, that has been orbiting Saturn for some 13 years, has sent back photos of what some say looks like a ravioli.

The title of this article includes the word “mouthful” because this tiny moon looks like a ravioli. The depiction from the spacecraft is actually that of a tiny moon Pan, which is a satellite that orbits quite close to the planet, and completes a full rotation of Saturn every 14 hours.

Another recent link to an NPR article was to that of an article by Ruth Chang about how making tough choices can be empowering. Ms. Chang, a professor in philosophy at Rutgers University, posits that one choice is not always better than another, and once this fact is accepted, the decision-making process becomes a better-understood form of choosing among what well could just be difficult options. Her contribution was introduced through a special episode called “Decisions, Decisions, Decisions.”

Mr. Siegall uses his position and notoriety to create a blog that links to great topics offered by those that are arguably in the top of their fields. His blog represents an eclectic mix of thought-provoking topics.