Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for June, 2009

At day camp yesterday, the sprogs (and their fellow campers) had a visitor: Elder Free-Ride offspring; She was an astrophysicist. You know what that is, right? She talked to us about studying light that comes from space, and all the different kinds of light there are traveling across space. There’s infrared, and ultraviolet, and even…

Since the cool kids seem to be doing cyborg names today:

I thought I’d share a snapshot of my morning with you. For some reason, the internet seems like a good place for it. The paper promised to be about the evaluation of evidence in understanding the assassination of John F. Kennedy. What follows are the notes I took during the approximately 25 minute conference presentation,…

This just came up in a plenary session I’m attending, looking at how best to convey the nature of science in K-12 science education (roughly ages 5-18). It’s not really a question about the content of the instruction, which people here seem pretty comfortable saying should include stuff about scientific methodology and critical testing, analysis…

As a brief follow-up to my post thinking about Dr. J’s view that cats are a special class of being that ought not be used in research, I would like to assert that:

Last week, the Free-Ride offspring and I used our Cell Project kit from Galaxy Goo to build some three-dimensional models of animal cells out of clay.

… from a secret location. Because, in light of fluctuations in the slug and snail population when I go away, I think they may read my blog.

Today, at R.E.S.E.A.R.C.H.E.R.S., Dr J. posted a picture of a charming looking cat with the following text: As little as I can do to push back against the sick minded evil mo-fo bastards who think animal testing on cats is ok….from now on I will post occasional photos of cats as a reminder that these…

A day later than promised, let’s kick off our discussion of “Research Rashomon: Lessons from the Cameroon Pre-exposure Prophylaxis Trial Site” (PDF). The case study concerns a clinical trial of whether tenofovir, an antiretroviral drug, could prevent HIV infection. Before it was halted in the face of concerns raised by activists and the media, the…

Snail eradication (day 38).

When the snail hunter is away, the gastropods will play.