Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for March, 2008

This week, the sprogs came home from school with the annual read-the-local-paper- and-complete-activities -for-free-stuff- from-local-merchants assignments. While this program has the unfortunate effect of doubling the amount of newspaper spread out on the living room floor, I think it’s a generally good idea to get kids reading the newspaper on a regular basis. Some of…

They’re both by men, but sometimes it happens that way. Mark Chu-Carroll ridicules Vox Day’s ridiculous claim that women are too dumb to do long division, let alone program computers. While Day’s claim was silly from the get-go, Mark’s take-down in really nice. A friend from the three-dimensional world (specifically math camp), Jonathan Kulick, who…

A bunch of other bloggers are discussing the recent statement A Broken Pipeline? Flat Funding of the NIH Puts a Generation of Science at Risk (PDF). I thought I’d say something about the complexities of the situation, and about why non-scientists (whose tax dollars support scientific research funded by the NIH and other government agencies)…

Since Alice and Sciencewoman and DrugMonkey and Razib are discussing it (and because Zuska has discussed it before, including in real life), I wanted to say something about my reaction to the observation that science blogosphere in general, and ScienceBlogs in particular, seems pretty white: I’d noticed that, too! And I’d like it a lot…

Happy birthday PZ!

PZ Myers has another birthday. (Didn’t he just have one last year?)

Last weekend the weather got sunny and warm here, so the Free-Ride parental units decided it was appropriate to lead the Free-Ride offspring on a forced march along the creek. Somehow, the sprogs didn’t get the memo that it was a forced march, since in the course of 2.5 hours neither of them complained at…

Speaking of science fairs, if you know of kids (grades 5-12) in the San Francisco Bay Area who are looking for a challenge, this one might be of interest: It is not too late to participate in this year’s Tech Challenge. The Tech Museum of Innovation’s 21st annual Tech Challenge is designed to get at…

Science fair judges needed.

For readers in the greater San Jose (California) region, I wanted to pass along a call for judges for the Synopsis Championship, scheduled to take place next Wednesday, March 12. Judges will be doing their thing from noon to 4:30 PM at the McEnery Convention Center in downtown San Jose. (Judges will be served a…

Abel Pharmboy and Drugmonkey are having a conversation that I wish I could approach completely abstractly, about what parents ought to be telling their kids about drugs (whether legal or illegal) and their use. (Also, Page 3.14 has a reader’s poll about whether teens can be scared off illegal drugs. Poll results will be published…

A colleague of mine (who has time to read actual printed-on-paper newspapers in the morning) pointed me toward an essay by Andrew Vickers in the New York Times (22 January 2008) wondering why cancer researchers are so unwilling to share their data. Here’s Vickers’ point of entry to the issue: