Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for February, 2009

There’s a lively discussion raging at the pad of Dr. Isis (here and here) about whether there isn’t something inherently obnoxious and snooty about identifying oneself as having earned an advanced degree of any sort. Commenter Becca makes the case thusly: “Why are people threatened by the idea that a profession ought to have professional…

What’s in an honorific?

It would seem that the Los Angeles Times is uncomfortable around people who don’t hide their advanced degrees:

Left by a self-proclaimed “fitness specialist” and “trainer of personal trainers” (along with all manner of contact information) as a comment on this post: Isn’t it amazing that someone like Darwin is celebrated for his thoughts. Evolution is bunk! I am not a creationist either. But to evolve an animal had to make a conscious…

I’ve been derelict in my duty to inform you that 2009 has been declared the Year of Science, which is, of course, just an excuse to celebrate science-y goodness every day. Each month has a theme and a variety of options for exploring that theme.

Some of you may be aware that, at least in certain corners of the blogosphere, November is celebrated as International acaDemic Writing Month. Indeed, in November 2007 I jumped onboard the InaDWriMo bandwagon. This past November I did not, largely because my November usually turns out to be a ridiculous month for serious writing. There’s…