Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for July, 2008

Sure, we still have about a week of July left, but those days are getting shorter and soon the classrooms will be filling up again. Which means that it’s a pretty good time for public school teachers (in the U.S.*) to start thinking about what they’d like to accomplish in those classrooms, and whether submitting…

The Free-Ride offspring end up listening to a lot of public radio in the car; they can’t control the radio tuner from the back seat. Since this listening includes Car Talk, both sprogs already think of cars as systems to trouble-shoot, even though the eldest is still seven years away (at least) from being a…

PhysioProf tagged me using his Feministe guest blogger bully-pulpit. The idea is to identify the five most embarrassing tracks on your iPod. (Since I use the iTunes library on my iBook more than my iPod, that’s what I used.) This was harder than it might have been. It turns out, when it comes to my…

Connected to my last post (and anticipated by my razor-sharp commenters), in this post I want to look at the pros and cons of routine screening mammography in women under age 50, drawing on the discussion of this subject in the multi-page “patient instructions” document I received from my primary care physician. The aim of…

Blogging my mammogram.

At the urging of my colleague Abel, who liveblogged his own vasectomy, I’m documenting my first mammogram. Given that I had pretty much no idea what to expect going into this, I’m hopeful that this post will demystify the experience a little for those who know they probably should get mammograms but have been putting…

Longtime readers may remember that last August saw a semi-spontaneous confluence of ScienceBlogs bloggers in New York City. Apparently, we are nothing if not creatures of habit. This August, we are as salmon swimming upstream to return to our spawning grounds. (Well, except that most of us are not planning on spawning, and all of…

New experimental digs

… sometimes require hard work, at least when the experimental digs are raised garden beds. Seriously, when was the last time you moved 14.5 cubic yards of topsoil and compost? (Not that I did it all myself, of course. My better half did quite a bit of it, and the Free-Ride offspring even pitched in.)…

[Pardon the delay!] Watching the fish tank in the pediatrician’s waiting room: Younger offspring: Those fish are playing tag! Dr. Free-Ride: It kind of looks like tag, doesn’t it? Younger offspring: Except since they don’t have hands to touch each other, I think they’re using their mouths.

In the aftermath of Sizzle Tuesday, Orac wrote a post posing a challenge to the science communicators: How would you deal with antivaccinationism? What “frames” would you use to combat the likes of Jenny McCarthy? In the comments on Orac’s post, Matthew C. Nisbet turned up: The anti-vaccine movement is a perfect issue to examine…

… is postponed until Saturday. I have to get final grades for my summer seminar computed and posted by midnight. With luck, I’ll have this week’s conversation up by Saturday morning. It’ll be like Saturday morning cartoons, but with fewer commercials for Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs (or whatever breakfast cereal the kids with cool moms…