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Biologists Helping Bookstores

Ha! Check out this brand-new blog! Ste is going to bookstores, checking out the Science section and moving pseudo-science, anti-science and nonsense books from it to the New Age section. Just a couple of Behe books in the La Jolla Bookstar, but I bet there will be more egregious miscategorizations in other stores. I wonder if this practice will spread virally to other cities and towns of the world…

(Hat-tip: Reed)


  1. #1 resonance
    July 21, 2007

    That’s one of the awesomest things I’ve ever heard of. I should go do that.

  2. #2 Susan B.
    July 21, 2007

    I’m so proud of myself–I discovered Behe’s new book in the science section of my local bookstore, and buried it in an obscure corner where it probably won’t be found for a while.

  3. #3 Matteo
    July 21, 2007

    If all else fails, censorship is definitely the way to go.

  4. #4 Mario Pineda-Krch
    July 21, 2007

    This is brilliant in it’s simplicity. This is civil disobedience at its best. Thoreau & Darwin would have been proud.

  5. #5 coturnix
    July 21, 2007

    Censorship? No, just putting the book where it belongs. It is an improvement on book classification and makes the bookstore better.

  6. #6 Matteo
    July 21, 2007

    Darwin was too good a man to be proud of this sort of foolishness. Come on guys. Really.

  7. #7 IanR
    July 21, 2007

    Tempting though it is to move Behe’s and Wells’ books out of the science section, I think I would look suspicious lugging large quantities of books clear across the store. It’s a little different when you have grabbed one copy of The Edge of Evolution off the shelf to look at, and you also happen to have a book on Christian theology to return to the shelves…

  8. #8 The Ridger
    July 22, 2007

    Not that this is censorship, or anything like it, but… As someone who used to work in a bookstore, I keep thinking of how much reshelving the salesclerks have to do anyway, and can’t bring myself to make them do more. Plus, I always hated it when the computer told me we had the book in the store and I couldn’t find it on the shelf …You never know if you’ve just lost a customer.

  9. #9 Brad S
    July 24, 2007

    I did this once. I moved Behe’s books to Christian Theology instead of New Age, though.

  10. #10 Occam's Trowel
    August 9, 2007

    Folks from the Religious Right also do this with books from the Gay/Lesbian section so that shoppers can’t find them. You’re in good company in deciding what other people should read.

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