Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for February, 2008

In the aftermath of my two posts on allegations of ethical lapses among a group of paleontologists studying aetosaurs, an email correspondent posed a really excellent question: what’s a junior person to do about the misconduct of senior people in the field when the other senior people seem more inclined to circle the wagons than…

Book review: Intuition.

Allegra Goodman’s novel Intuition was published in 2006, and although I heard very good things about it, I was busy enough with other stuff that I didn’t chase down a copy to read it. Finally, last November, my department chair lent me her copy, insistent that I had to read it when I got a…

Once again, Dave Ng at The World’s Fair issues a challenge: If you had to write your memoirs in 6 words, what would they be? Writing that memoir today, here are mine: Chemist. Philosopher. Parent. Blogger. Grown-up? Someday. Six words fit very nicely in the comments field — what’s your life story?

Friday Sprog Blogging: mutants.

Dr. Free-Ride: Do you guys have a view on which came first, the chicken or the egg? Elder offspring: Do you mean the chicken or the chicken egg? Or just the egg the first chicken came out of? Younger offspring: The first chicken came out of an egg, but it was an egg laid by…

You’ve probably heard that UCLA scientist Edythe London, whose house was earlier vandalized to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars by animal rights activists, has once again been targeted. This time an incendiary device was left on her front door. Abel and Mark weighed in on this appalling use of tactics to terrorize…

What’s a disease?

“What is a disease?” It would be nice to think that this is the kind of question where there are clear-cut, fact-based answers to be had. “Disease” is a term that seems to pick out a category of biological conditions, and biologists are pretty good with categorization.

links for 2008-02-12

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Learning student names.

Today was the last day of the semester for students to add courses, and the last day to drop a course without it showing up on one’s transcript was a week ago. (The order of these two dates, it seems to me, should be switched, but I don’t make the rules around here.) In any…

I’m passing on information about a program sponsored by the National Science Foundation for graduate students. The program, organized by the University of Montana Center for Ethics, is called Debating Science 2008, and here’s how it’s described on the announcement:

Blogiversary programming notes.

Hey, today is the third anniversary of my first post on “Adventures in Ethics and Science” at the original digs. I can honestly say that when I started the blog as a virtual extension of class discussions in my “Ethics in Science” I didn’t imagine that it would continue past the end of the semester,…