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Thinking like a scientist

I’m not a scientist – I’m a regular guy, a business owner, a student and sometimes a teacher in a very specific craft: translation. This seems very distant from science.  69 more words

Science In Literature

How does "sound science" sound to you?

The term “sound science” might sound like a harmless or even comforting phrase, but lurking behind it is a hidden agenda.  “Sound science” in today’s politics means research that supports big business, often with results that dismiss the need for federal regulation of products, contaminants or waste streams.   177 more words

Human Health

Eyes On You - Cereal Psychology

Any beginner’s course on public communication stresses the importance of eye contact for building a connection between the speaker and the audience. The same holds true for advice of the… 447 more words

Science In Society

What is Science?

Alan Sokal answers in Science Salon:

[B]y science I mean, first of all, a worldview giving primacy to reason and observation and a methodology aimed at acquiring accurate knowledge of the natural and social world.

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Science In Literature

The value of history

Tom Chivers has a particularly misguided post up The Telegraph arguing that science is better than history.  Given how under siege many in the humanities feel themselves to be today, this post is unnecessarily adversarial.   924 more words


One of the many reasons to share your DNA results

This is the story of David Dyson, a retired teacher, who found a relative he knew very little about and wasn’t looking for.  Actually, it would be more accurate to say the relative found him. 140 more words


Found while foraging (March 18, 2013)

It’s been a few months since my last linkfest, so it seems like high time for a fresh collection. The transition to a new continent and  new career has taken up a lot of my time and energy over the last few months, and unfortunately that’s meant I’ve given… 665 more words