Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for October, 2006

It’s the time of year when the mailbox starts filling up with catalogues. At the Free-Ride house, many of these are catalogues featuring “educational” toys and games. Now, some of these toys and games are actually pretty cool. Others, to my mind, are worse than mere wastes of money. For your consideration, three “science” kits…

Of course, we don’t really think the sprogs are dumb. Sometimes they just remind us that some of the things their parents find intuitive are not intuitive to them. Dr. Free-Ride: (arriving home after an evening seminar) How were the kids tonight. Dr. Free-Ride’s better half: They were fine. But, we had a conversation about…

Things have been busy here, but there are some interesting stories I’ve been watching that I thought I should mention (as well as the usual fodder for rants, and a cartoon series that might be funny, if it’s not just seriously twisted):

I’m starting to wonder if some of my grinding fatigue can be laid at the feet of untenable choices. Would you prefer:

Ben thinks it’s time to start auditioning for a ScienceBlogs house band. Under the guidance of the Adventures in Ethics and Science Musical Advisory Panel (i.e., the sprogs), I’ve come up with a few suggestions:

As Revere notes, the trial of the Tripoli six is scheduled to resume on October 31. This means the time for serious action is now. As Mike Dunford points out, If you want to do something more than just get mad, if you want to try to change things, you will need to do more…

Pictured above: Not anything to do with Pokemon, but rather an imagined scene from Okami, in which, as far as I can gather, a solar-powered wolf battles a garlic bulb. Dr. Free-Ride: Can you explain some stuff about Pokemon to me? Elder offspring: Sure! How much time do you have? Dr. Free-Ride: Look, I don’t…

It’s no Puzzle Fantastica #1, but it’s what I have at the moment. In a comment on my post about what I think the point of a college education is (or is not), Caledonian left this tantalizing comment:

I’m blaming the folks at Three Bulls! for the post that incited this one. Indeed, I started my descent into what is clearly a delusional plan in a comment there. The short version: Pinko Punko was disturbed at how very little actual communication of content was involved in a presumably science-centered media frenzy. The “journalists”…

As usual, there are more interesting tidbits in the science-y blogosphere than I have time to deal with sensibly, so it’s time for me to pass you some links: Over at Cosmic Variance, Sean takes note of a finding that kids in the U.S. may think they’re better at science than they really are. On…