Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for October, 2009

A bit peckish.

Is it too soon to dip into that bowl of “fun-size” candy bars while we wait for it to get dark?

Happy Hallowe’en and welcome to the last day of the 2009 Social Media Challenge. With your help, ScienceBlogs bloggers have raised more than $56,000 to help public school teachers pay for classroom supplies, fund field trips, and support activities to help their students learn. Today is the end of the drive, so if you’ve been…

Basic concepts: Truth.

No, I’m not going to be able to get away with claiming that truth is beauty, and beauty, truth. The first issue in understanding truth is recognizing that truth is a property of a proposition. (What’s a proposition? A proposition is a claim.) A proposition that is true has a certain kind of correspondence with…

The Free-Ride offspring have been rather busy recently, what with the approach of Hallowe’en and the rapidly approaching end of their regular soccer season. (The post-season, of course, falls after this weekend’s time change, which means practices will either be earlier or darker.) Still, each of them has found time for an experiment they’d like…

How did we do at dialogue?

In a recent post, I issued an invitation: I am always up for a dialogue on the issue of our moral relation to animals and on the ethical use of animals in scientific research. If folks inclined towards the animal rights stance want to engage in a dialogue right here, in the comments on this…

Signs of the times.

The times in question being, in this case, the last days of October. Once upon a Tuesday morning, while I wandered, cold and yawning, Up the grimy stair steps winding skyward toward my office door, On the wall’s bile-greenish surface, noticed I a note whose purpose Took more consciousness to process than I’d had the…

As I noted earlier this week, Hewlett-Packard is going to be distributing another $200,000 in the DonorsChoose 2009 Social Media Challenge. They’re dividing up that pool of money according to how much each challenge has raised as a proportion of the total funds raised by this Sunday. In other words, if my challenge were to…

Dr. Free-Ride: So, you know this Friday is Mole Day. Elder offspring: It is? What does that mean exactly?

Because, of course, tomorrow is Mole Day. According to the National Mole Day Foundation:

Since being tenured, I’ve tried to shift to a pattern of only coming in to campus three days a week, working from home on Mondays and Wednesdays (and giving the earth a little break by not doing my freeway commute on those days). However, today, a Wednesday, I figured I should go in to campus…