Adventures in Ethics and Science

Programming note.

Observant readers will have noticed that three of my last four posts — the ones sporting the spiffy Research Blogging icon — were posts discussing peer-reviewed journal articles. This is a substantially higher proportion of writing about the details of scholarly research than I normally feature on this blog.

But I think I’ve developed a taste for it.

Thus, going forward, I’ve decided (for the foreseeable future, anyway) to stick to discussions of scholarly research and to set aside freewheeling musings on current events, answers to emailed requests for advice, passing observations of pedagogy, and polls of questionable utility. I’m sure there will still be plenty of places you can find this kind of content on the internets. This blog just won’t be one of them.

Since it’s Thursday, I anticipate that some of you will be asking, “But what about Friday Sprog Blogging?”

As should be obvious, my conversations with the Free-Ride offspring over the last four-plus years have been neither scholarly nor peer-reviewed. Moreover, the sprogs, now creeping closer to nine and eleven years old, have expressed to me that it’s probably time to give these weekly discussions a rest. They have other things they’d rather be doing, and the whole thing just isn’t as cute as it used to be when they were little.

(Plus, as we learned at ScienceOnline2010, the mommyblogger thing seems to be in tension with doing serious blogging about matters scientific.)

This is not a turn I had anticipated for this blog back when I started writing it, but it feels like the right path for it right now.


  1. #1 Dave Munger
    April 1, 2010

    April fools?

    If not, congrats on the transition to a new philosophy for your blog.

    Either way, I’ll be an eager reader.

  2. #2 MonkeyPox
    April 1, 2010

    It’s about damned time.

  3. #3 Josiah Kiehl
    April 1, 2010

    April Fools?

  4. #4 Anonymous
    April 1, 2010


    Whatever direction you decide to take your blog, you can count on me to be a loyal reader of it. Of all the SciBlogs, yours is my favorite.

  5. #5 WIll
    April 1, 2010

    April fools?

  6. #6 David L.
    April 1, 2010

    Ah, good old 4/1.

  7. #7 becca
    April 1, 2010

    No sprogs?! I do not approve. Why aren’t the sprogs starting a Friday journal club, if this is the desired direction? I am vastly more interested in their opinions of much peer-reviewed literature than the bulk of the interwebs. I hope they will at least be willing to publish the occasional work of art. *grumbles*

    Seriously, you are a wonderful writer and I am sure the blog will be lovely whatever you decide to do with it. I would humbly suggest you keep at least some short posts in the mix; they can still be about peer-reviewed stuff if that’s what you like (can you tell I am digging Ed’s pocket science?).

  8. #8 Pat Cahalan
    April 1, 2010

    This seems to be a common inflection point among long term bloggers.

    If they keep going, they seem to oscillate from focused to unfocused. I haven’t gotten there myself, but I’ve been the irregular blogger for the last nine months due to a number of stressors, so I’m probably overdue for an inevitable focus switch.

  9. #9 arvind
    April 1, 2010

    We are not easily fooled!

  10. #10 Alsofish
    April 1, 2010

    Whether or not this is an April-Fool’s-related anomaly, I do want to let you know that I really, really enjoyed those posts.

  11. #11 OmegaMom
    April 1, 2010

    I’d miss the sprog blogging. And the rambling. So I’m hoping it’s an April Fool’s joke. But–if it isn’t, I’d still read you, because you’re a good and interesting writer.

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