Confessions of a science junky

by Henry on July 23, 2003

One of the nicer things about trying to keep up a list of blogging academics, is that I’ve come across a whole bunch of blogging scientists. I’m a science junky, and love to read practitioners talk about how it’s done. Perhaps this is just discipline envy – we “political scientists” are often rather touchy about whether we’re actually scientists or not – but it probably has a lot more to do with my having read way too much science fiction over the last twenty years. Whatever. Anyway, to point you to a few particularly good science posts that I’ve seen in the last couple of weeks.

Chad Orzel, “here”:http://steelypips.org/principles/2003_07_06_principlearchive.php#105785171837597564 and “here”:http://www.steelypips.org/principles/2003_07_06_principlearchive.php#105766528719351705 on the discovery of a new type of subatomic particle. While you’re at it, check out his “index”:http://steelypips.org/principles/physposts.html of physics posts.

“Amity Wilczek”:http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/natureisprofligate/2003/07/13#a78 on how dung beetles navigate. This is a great blog on all manner of strange behavior in the animal kingdom.

“Cosma Shalizi”:http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/weblog/archives/000077.html on dumb research on mating behavior.

“John G. Cramer”:http://www.npl.washington.edu/AV/av_index.html who has an incredible list of essays on cosmology, the physics of warpdrives &c &c (OK: he’s not a blogger, but his “daughter”:http://www.kathryncramer.com/wblog/ is).

And (not a scientist, but debunking bad science nonetheless), “Belle Waring”:http://examinedlife.typepad.com/johnbelle/2003/07/just_not_so_sto.html on _ad hominid_ arguments.

{ 9 comments }

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dsquared 07.23.03 at 6:49 am

Heh. You’re still under my mental control with that last one, Henry. Ad Hominid, here.

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Doug 07.23.03 at 11:30 am

My head hurts now and I’m behind on both work and chores, but thank you.

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Niall 07.23.03 at 1:03 pm

Hmmm…….Cramers site looks alluring, but as for the rest? You can keep your dung beetles, thanx

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Chad Orzel 07.23.03 at 1:44 pm

Thanks for the link, and for reminding me to update the physics posts index…

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Ross 07.23.03 at 4:04 pm

Just wanted to alert you to another scholar blog: The Bloviator, authored by yours truly, and focusing on health policy, health law and public health.

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Amity 07.23.03 at 8:42 pm

Thanks for the link and compliment! I’m so glad you enjoyed the dung beetle story. Thanks also for alerting me to these other blogs. Half-baked, pseudoscientific speculations about the evolution of human behavior get a lot of press coverage, so it’s really nice to see people writing critical assessments.

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Kenneth G. Cavness 07.23.03 at 9:28 pm

It’s increasingly odd for me to see Chad’s name popping up at random locations, as he’s someone I know mildly personally…

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Cosma 07.23.03 at 9:33 pm

Thanks for the plug — and for the pointers to the other blogs.

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Peter 11.07.03 at 5:48 am

Great comments guys. Peter FDA

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