Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for December, 2008

He defended the views he expressed in many of his radio programs and said that, because he consulted for so many drugmakers at once, he had no particular bias. “These companies compete with each other and cancel each other out,” he said. The New York Times on psychiatrist and former radio host, Dr. Frederick K.…

In a frequently recycled list of proposed New Year’s resolutions, Ann Landers urges: Vow not to make a promise you don’t think you can keep. However, she fails to advise a course of action in the case that you think you might not be able to live up to this vow. (Maybe she was too…

Light in the darkness.

A colleague of Super Sally’s forwarded her this*: It’s funny because it’s true, and the pain isn’t just from laughing so hard.

Authorial pecking order.

Some time ago, PhysioProf asserted that journal articles in the biomedical sciences listing two first authors are misrepresenting the reality of the involvement of those authors.

Please apply.

If memory serves, today is the day that the meeting of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association draws to a close. That meeting, always conveniently scheduled to fall in the interstices between Christmas and New Year’s, and more often than not located in some East Coast city with nasty winter weather (this year,…

Futile cycles.

While we’re speaking about revolutions and such, Hilzoy on the ongoing violence in Gaza: I imagine what people on both sides are thinking is something more like: do you expect us to just sit here and take it? Do you expect us to do nothing? To which my answer is: no, I expect you to…

You say you want a revolution

Dr. Isis expresses reservations about signing on for Twisty Faster’s revolution. ScienceWoman offers a sketch of what her revolution might look like. Me? I’m pretty exhausted from today’s outing with my offspring, what with it being Winter Break, otherwise known as 24/7 parenting. But I have a few brief ideas of what I’d like to…

On Tuesday, largely at the instigation of the Free-Ride offspring, the Free-Ride family went to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.

Unprovoked Christmas YouTubery.

In an earlier post, I neglected to mention that Uncle Fishy and RMD engaged a party bus to transport revelers to and from the dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barn. Conditions on the roads were icy and treacherous, which means the trip took longer than it might have. Also, there was a wine pairing…

Metamorphosis.

The elder Free-Ride offspring drew this picture (on two sides of the same piece of paper). I think I detect some M.C. Escher influence here.