Adventures in Ethics and Science

In honor of the arrival of all the new neighbors here at ScienceBlogs Towers, here’s a little getting-acquainted meme.

3 reasons you blog about science:

  1. To make the scientific method less scary to non-scientists.
  2. To examine the ways in which behaving ethically really makes for better scientific knowledge.
  3. Because I find science endlessly fascinating.

Point at which you would stop blogging:
If I ran out of things to say (which is hard for me to imagine).

1 thing you frequently blog besides science:
Academic stuff (pedagogical musings, rants about cheating, etc.)

4 words that describe your blogging style:

  1. Conversational
  2. Opinionated
  3. Curious
  4. Witty (sometimes … I hope!)

(More decimal places after the jump!)

1 aspect of blogging you find difficult:
Figuring out the right thing to say about how to fix a particular problem with the practice of science.

5 ScienceBlogs blogs that are new to you:

  1. The Frontal Cortex
  2. Chemblog
  3. Retrospectacle
  4. Pure Pedantry
  5. Dynamics of Cats

9 blogs you read outside the ScienceBlogs universe:

  1. A Concerned Scientist
  2. nanopolitan
  3. Thus Spake Zuska
  4. YoungFemaleScientist
  5. ChemJerk
  6. On being a scientist and a woman
  7. Open Reading Frame
  8. She Falters to Rise
  9. Bee Policy

2 important features of your blogging environment:

  1. White board or pad of paper — to map out my thoughts before I start typing.
  2. Coffee!

6 items you would bring to a meet-up with the other ScienceBloggers:

  1. Geeky T-shirt.
  2. William Shatner album.
  3. Rat-a-Tat-Cat
  4. Something to grill.
  5. Dancing shoes.
  6. Laptop.

5 conversations you would have before the end of that meet-up:

  1. With Abel Pharmboy: a conversation about the pros and cons of growing up in New Jersey.
  2. With Sandra Porter: a conversation about the entrepreneurial possibilities (?!) of philosophy.
  3. With Mark Chu-Carroll: a comparison of math jokes (and limericks!).
  4. With John Lynch: a discussion of underrated figures in the history of science.
  5. With John Wilkins: a discussion of the best Tick episode ever.

Consider yourself tagged!


  1. #1 llewelly
    June 10, 2006

    To make the scientific method less scary to non-scientists

    I applaud this, but of folk who are scared of the scientific method, how many would ever visit a site called ‘scienceblogs’

  2. #2 Deacon Barry
    June 11, 2006

    You don’t visit a site called scienceblogs, you get here the same way I did, through links from other sites. (I got here from Respectful Insolence, I got there from Pharyngula, and I can’t remember how I got to Pharyngula – possibly Talk2Action)
    Would anybody be actually ‘scared’ of the scientific method? Dismissive and disdainful, certainly, but scared?

  3. #3 revere
    June 11, 2006

    OK. Mine will go up tomorrow (at Effect Measure). Glad you stopped at eight digits!

  4. #4 Abi
    June 12, 2006

    I have been lurking here for far too long without posting a comment. This one gives me the perfect opportunity, even if it is to just say, “Thanks for the cite!”

  5. #5 sciencewoman
    June 14, 2006

    Thanks for the readership!

  6. #6 Sandra Porter
    June 19, 2006

    The entrepreneurial possibilities (?!) of philosophy??

    Oh wow, you should peruse through the business literature section of a bookstore next time you’re hanging out in an airport. The most amazing writers, with the most interesting philosophies write about business. Everyone weighs in, Winnie-the-Pooh, Attila the Hun, the people that throw fish around at the Pike Place Market, and yes… even Harry Potter.

    I think the business philosphers are more entrepenurial than you suspect. : o )

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