Archives for July 10, 2008

Bushmeat Crisis

Wild game is good. More wild game and fewer cattle, in some habitats, would better. But when wild game is extracted en masse from a wild area (usually a rain forest, usually in Africa) and shipped to a city, or an enclave of logger’s camps, or overseas to nostalgic African populations in Europe, it is…

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The Questionable Authority The Scientific Activist The Scientific Indian The Thinking Blog The Unexamined Life.. The Unexamined Life The Voltage Gate The World’s Fair The Zone Thinking for Free Think Progress This Modern World This Week in Evolution Thoughts from Kansas Thoughts in a Haystack Three Toed Sloth Tomorrow’s Table

Sizzle Randy Olson is a Harvard (’84) trained marine biologist with field experience on the Great Barrier Reef, in the Antarctic, the US Virgin Islands, and elsewhere. He even spent a little time with Jacques Cousteau. But an extensive career in marine biology was not to be. Randy started to change careers around 1990, with…

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The Carnival of Education The Cheerful Oncologist The Corpus Callosum The Daily Transcript The Dispersal of Darwin The Education Wonks The Ethical Palaeontologist The Faithful Penguin The Flying Trilobite The Friends of Charles Darwin The Frontal Cortex The Greenbelt The Inoculated Mind The Intersection The Island of Doubt The Lay Scientist The Lippard The Loom…

Blogospherics

A few items that will be of interest to you. First, Erik Hoffner has posted an interview with Randy Olson at The Grist. To be honest, I have not read it yet, but I’ve been expecting it … Erik has priority for this posting, and now that his interview is up, I can post my…

Well, I can’t answer that question. But in a related matter, Koelsch et al. ask, in a new paper published in PLoS ONE, Why Musicians Make Us Weep and Computers Don’t? … obviously, they have not met my computer. The study investigates the somatic effects of “…unexpected chords of piano sonatas as they were originally…

We made this site to spread the word about our effort to combat Creationism in Louisianan Schools. You may be aware that yesterday(June 28) Governor Jindal signed bill 733 into effect. This bill will allow Creationist material, specifically from the Discovery Institute, to be used in classrooms to ‘inspire critical thinking’. It will also allow…

This article in PLoS Medicine investigates the difference between modern multi-drug treatment with individuals monitoring of patients in a developed country (Switzerland) with similar treatments using a different, non-individualized “public health” approach in South Africa, to see if there is any difference between the two approach. The results are surprising, and encouraging.