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“”Once he turned on the lights and left sacks of groceries on the floor, he lighted his path to the outhouse with a flashlight. On the way, he saw something glowing under a fir tree. Shining the flashlight on this glow, it seemed to be a raccoon with little black eyes. The raccoon spoke, saying, ‘Good evening, doctor,’ and he replied with a hello.
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Unfortunately, he has a number of less-founded views that he publicly expounds upon.
Where's the beef?
Given that he has claimed that his LSD use had a major role in his work on PCR (James Watson, the discoverer of DNA, notably made similar claims with respect to his development of DNA as a concept prior to empirically confirming it), it is perhaps unsurprising that he holds a number of bizarre views on subjects outside his specialty, and is noted for endorsing various and sundry conspiracy theories and pseudosciences.
To name a few:
- AIDS Denialism
- Mullis pals around with noted AIDS denialist Peter Duesberg and believes AIDS is a conspiracy involving the government, scientists, and environmentalists.
- Alien abduction
- Mullis claims he has had an encounter with an extraterrestrial being, in which he denies the involvement of LSD. More specifically — he reported having close contact with a glowing green raccoon at his cabin in the woods of northern California around midnight one night in 1985. No, really.
- Mullis sees evidence of Urantia Book scientific foreknowledge, writing "Several scientific developments, unexpected in 1955, reported in 2005 in Science and Nature […] were somehow described rather precisely already in the Urantia Book."