A regular contributor to discussion at this blog is someone know as Detribe -that’s his blog signature.
I attended a conference with Detribe in Ballarat a couple of years ago and he offered me a lift back to Melbourne and the airport.
At some point during the trip he suggested I get something out of his brief case, he was driving. I did find that technical paper under a large book on Italian and an equally large text on evolution.
Detribe is a scholar and a gentleman, and he is also a Good Samaritan.
Last year he spent several weeks in Africa where his foundation “Sow the Good Seed” provides aid in a very direct material way by underwriting the cost of farm inputs for a hectare of land for subsistence farmers trying to get ahead. If you would like to get involved with this foundation and help an African farmer out of poverty contact detribe [at] gmail [dot] com .
This is a picture of Detribe with a local farmer in South Africa taken last year.
DeTribe also has his own blog full of information on biotechnology in particular genetically modified crops.
At the blog you will find out that Detribe is “Education in molecular genetics, biochemistry (genetic engineering), infectious disease and has professional experience in several areas of biotechnology including vaccines, molecular diagnostics, crop safety, and manufacturing of chemicals by fermentation.”
You won’t find out at his blog that he is dyslexic – but he has told me this is a “constant source of embarrasment”.
Detribe is also a philosopher. Quotable Detribe quotes from this blog site include:
“AGW [Anthropogenic Global warming] is the green version of Mother Theresa.”
“It’s how we treat our contrarians that tells us whether we are living in a truly civil society. The contrarians are very valuable to us, because they point to the places where ‘conventional wisdom’ may be getting it wrong.”
I also know that Detribe is fan of the skeptical environmentalist Bjorn Lomborg and that along with Dame Edna he lives in Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, Australia.
This post will be filed under a new category titled “people”.
As a reader and/or commentator at this blog you may like to tell us something about yourself? Contributions encouraged and you may use a ‘nom de plume’ …please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, I’m putting some notes together on ‘Boxer’ – the character from Orwell’s classic Animal Farm and also the Boxer who contributes to this blog site. Could someone who can draw possibly send me a caricature of ‘Boxer’ – something kind please?