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Nonoverlapping Magisteria and Extremism

My university has been hosting panel discussions on science, religion, and teaching. I missed the first installment, which consisted of faculty members from science and humanities departments and a local clergyman. The second discussion was led by four students from a course cross listed in Science and Technology Studies and Philosophy. The topic of this…

Michael Ashburner on Open Access

The new issue of Current Biology contains an interview with Drosophila geneticist Michael Ashburner. Here’s a quote from the article: Scientists should realize that if they submit to journals — like those published by Elsevier, Springer, Kluwer, Wiley and the like — then their work will be less accessible and not as widely read as…

Your Review of Grant Review Sucks

. . . and so does the current grant review system. And manuscript review sucks, too. And your argument is based on flawed data. A couple of months ago I posted on an article in Cell that drew parallels between the NIH grant review process and the TV show American Idol. As someone new to…

You’re Bustin’ My Balls Nature

Busting my balls, indeed. Check out this headline: Intelligent design gets political Geoff Brumfiel Teaching creationism becomes an election issue in Michigan. Intelligent design didn’t get political in Michigan. Intelligent design is politics. Intelligent design isn’t science; it’s a political movement. And they sure as hell ain’t offering anything new in the philosophy front (Paley…

Science for Science’s Sake

Razib pointed out this blog article on theory in biology. The author deals with three, self defined, points: Unifying theory in biology. Theory vs. experimental biology. Justification through medical applications. His first point, that biology (or a given biological discipline) lacks a unifying theory, is a bit silly and comes across as physics envy. But…

Ohio, You’ve Been Put On Notice

In case you don’t know why, check this out. Even Stephen thinks you better watch your back:

American Idol and Grant Review

As a fledgling scientist, I am not privy to the process of grant view. It may as well occur behind a green curtain, and all I get to see is the hologram of the intimidating wizard in the form of an email announcing that I did or did not get the tiny morsel of cash…

Did Evolution Go Missing?

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported earlier this week that the U.S. Department of Education neglected to include “Evolutionary Biology” in it’s list of eligible majors for the new Smart Grant program (the NYTimes and New Scientist also report on this, as does the NCSE). This drew extra attention because the omission left a blank…

I tend to avoid writing about creationists (despite what Orac believes) because I find them quite boring. Sure, they can be amusing (scoring high on the unintentional comedy scale), but I’m not a huge fan of willfull ignorance, deception, and attacks on eduction. I’d rather waste my time writing about real advances in biology instead…

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