Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for August, 2007

Three cheers for Dr. May!

A reader made sure I saw this today. (Thank you, reader!) From Brian May’s website: Yes. It’s done, and after about 37 years, I am finally a doctor. The oral examination of my thesis, and of me, lasted about 3 hours, and then I retired with Prof Rowan-Robinson, for a few moments, for my two…

Thursday night RBOC.

* After watching The China Syndrome tonight, I will henceforth refrain from saying “Coffee is for closers!” when I see Jack Lemmon on screen. Getting mad about falsified X-rays of welds makes his character, Jack Godell, an official friend of this blog. * My online Philosophy of Science course has been switched on for about…

Since you all were so helpful in response to my query about how engineers are different from scientists, I hope you won’t mind if I pick your brains again. Specifically, I’m after information about the sorts of engineering labs (or whatever the right engineering analog for “labs” would be — projects?) freshman engineering students typically…

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a Luddite who composes her posts on wax tablets before uploading them.* So it may seem curious that nearly every semester I teach at least one section of my Philosophy of Science course online. What would possess me to do such a thing? The ability to make…

A regular reader of the blog emailed me the following: Have you ever considered setting up a section for laymen in your blog where posts related to the philosophy of science, how research is conducted, how scientists think etc. are archived? An example of what I think might be a good article to include would…

Perhaps you’ve heard the news that Leona Helmsley died yesterday. Her obituaries have noted the the “Queen of Mean” came to be viewed as the embodiment of the greed of the 1980s (at least as it played out in the world of Manhattan real estate). The public didn’t like her much. I have no real…

In the aftermath of the ScienceBloggers’ assault on Manhattan, Mark Chu-Carroll put up a nice post on the ways in which bloggers’ real-life manner seemed to match or depart from their online personae. Maybe philosophy’s to blame, but I think there’s a deep and interesting question here.

Actually, my memories of the semi-spontaneous confluence of ScienceBlogs sciblings in the vicinity of the Seed mothership this past weekend are quite vivid, and I’ll put up a proper post on that later today. But in the event that I hadn’t remembered things so clearly, and had to piece it all together from what came…

Last Friday, instead of composing a sprog blog, the sprogs and I were offline and in nature (specifically, Yosemite, pictured above). This is not to say we weren’t talking about matters scientific, but we didn’t have an internet connection with which to check any assertions or hunches. Some highlights:

On the basis of this article about emissions from laser printers, our department administrator came by this week to take my HP 1200 series LaserJet away. I said I wanted to keep it.