Prime Minister of Montenegro is not a science fiction fan…

…or so I deduce from his website:

Montenegrin media space was over the past few days contaminated by the many-times-rehashed science fiction stories about cigarette smuggling and Milo Djukanovic’s illegally acquired wealth…

In the original:

Crnogorski javni prostor dodatno je proteklih dana kontaminiran već mnogo puta prežvakanim naučno-fantastičnim pričama o švercu cigareta i nezakonitom bogaćenju Mila Đukanovića…

(official Montenegrin government press release of 4 June; of course the stories have been around for a lot longer than that.)

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1 Response to Prime Minister of Montenegro is not a science fiction fan…

  1. inulro says:

    Before I became an arts student, I went through high school in the pre-med stream, and indeed got accepted to two half-decent pre-med programmes before I realized I didn’t have the eyesight or manual dexterity to be a surgeon, and any other kind of medicine wasn’t an option.

    So your paragraph:

    I know that the numbers need to add up; I know that all processes have a beginning and and end (and hopefully a middle); I know that entropy is always inclined to increase; I know that patterns you find in one place are quite likely to repeat elsewhere, and that describing and even predicting them is not always the same as explaining them away.

    really resonates with me. Throughout my undergrad years, I was the person who figured out all the household bills – everyone else stapled their hands to their foreheads and declared themselves “too arty” to deal with simple arithmetic. (Yes, I now hate myself for being so honest about it. I could have ripped them all off big time).

    I almost went back to do another first degree in science instead of of the Medieval Studies MA I ended up doing; by the end of my first degree if I ever had to deal with another arts undergraduate again it would be too soon.

    The methodical way I went about my PhD research astounded my tutors and fellow students, yet it was obvious to me. For the most part I wasn’t any smarter than anyone else, and eventually it dawned on me that my training as a scientist made me think through and break down the steps required to get to where I needed to go.

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