The anti-melanin campaign goes back to an article entitled “Magic Melanin: Spreading Scientific Illiteracy Among Minorities” by Dr. Bernardo Ortiz de Montellano. Dr. Ortiz de Montellano seems to have been given the task of arguing against Afrocentric ideas. He also has a “Multicultural Pseudoscience: Spreading Scientific Illiteracy Among Minorities” article which does essentially the same thing that “Magic Melanin” attempts to do, impede the influence of African-centered views of the world. When we read Dr. Ortiz de Montellano’s article it became clear it was little more than his opinion. We plan to do a critical analysis of “Magic Melanin” at some future date. Suffice it to say at this time it’s major flaw of is the attempt to diminish all Afrocentric ideas by associating them with any spurious claims as though all supporters of Afrocentricity agree with each other. That tactic stands out when Dr. Ortiz de Montellano refers to claims of melanin being a superconductor, implying it is not a superconductor, when it IS a superconductor. It is also a semiconductor.
Melanin has been known as a superconductor since at least 1978 when F.W. Cope stated so in the article “Discontinuous magnetic field effects (Barkhausen noise) in nucleic acids as evidence for room temperature organic superconduction.” The article’s abstract says it all:
Magnetization in fields of 2,000 to 9,000 gauss at room temperature generates low frequency noise in the microwave electrical conductivity of hydrated nucleic acids or dry melanin. The pattern of behavior observed for this noise suggests that it is analogous to Barkhausen noise observed during the penetration of bits of magnetic flux into type 2 superconductive metals. This implies that hydrated nucleic acids and dry melanin contain superconducting regions at room temperature.
Sounds kind of magical. That alone makes us question who is spreading scientific illiteracy among so-called minorities.