Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for August, 2008

Today is “Twin Day” on the last day of daycamp before the new school year. Of course, the younger Free-Ride offspring was very enthusiastic about the idea of dressing like twins with the elder Free-Ride offspring. The elder Free-Ride offspring, on the other hand …

Yesterday, the Free-Ride family visited Circus World. It was a full day, and we’re still working on digesting the experience, but there were some animal performers that made an impression, including dogs, a pony, a camel, and an elephant. This put us in mind of our visit with Bora last July to the Circus exhibit…

The nature walk in question happened mere hours ago, at Kettle Moraine State Forest (Southern Unit), where we had occasion to notice that the local conditions support a much larger population of flying (and biting) insects than the Free-Ride family is accustomed to. Younger offspring: What happens if a mosquito bites your eye?

Dispatch from Wisconsin.

The Free-Ride family is spending a week communing with Free-Ride forebears on neutral turf in Wisconsin. Internet access is spotty, so while I have access to the tubes, a few quick observations:

Thanks to longtime friend of the Free-Rides LO, the elder Free-Ride offspring will be participating in Kids Day @ SLAC, 2008 today. Of course, the younger Free-Ride offspring is chagrined to be two years too young to participate as well. “You know, I’m about to start second grade, and I’m going to need to know…

Objectivity and other people.

As a follow-up to my last post, it looks like I should offer a more detailed explanation of why exactly scientific activity is a group activity — not simply as a matter of convenience, but as a matter of necessity. Helen E. Longino has already made this case very persuasively in her book Science as…

Peer review and science.

Chad Orzel takes a commenter to task for fetishizing peer review: Saying that only peer-reviewed articles (or peer-reviewable articles) count as science only reinforces the already pervasive notion that science is something beyond the reach of “normal” people. In essence, it’s saying that only scientists can do science, and that science is the exclusive province…

One afternoon, the Free-Ride offspring were in the mood for some spur of the moment experimentation. So, we cleared the kitchen table, rummaged through the cupboards, and came up with a plan. The question we decided to investigate: What happens to different dry ingredients when you add water to them?

Garden update: day 18.

The state of the seedlings in my raised beds, nearly three weeks after the seeds were sown:

First, from the Seed Overlords: You may have noticed some pretty yellow banner ads around the site this week. They’re advertising a huge reader survey that we’re conducting right now. Anyone (excepting Seed employees) who fills it out can enter to win an iPod and MacBook Air. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete.…