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Outing A Pseudonymous Blogger

A few weeks ago, senior Nature Editor Henry Gee “outed” “Isis the Scientist,” an anonymous pseudonymous blogger. I say “anonymous pseudonymous” because “Isis” is a pseudonym but she was also anonymous in that her true identity was not known. Apparently, Isis’s identity has been known to the Internet since 2012. But whatever. Gee took a…

I was recently engaged in a blog battle with Anthony Watts over his insufficiently skeptical (in my opinion) treatment of a discredited report of a meteorite of Martian origin bearing the remains of microscopic organisms. As this argument progressed, some dude on Twitter noted that the credibility of a blog post was determined by the…

How to blog: Text Workflow on an iMac

If you are thinking about starting a blog, you should first watch this episode of the PBS TV Kids Show, “Arthur” in which Muffy decides to start a blog, and all hell breaks loose. If you spend any time at all on the blogsophere, you will find this episode both familiar and frightening. The point…

This is not a manual or even a how-to blog post, but rather, what I hope to be a few helpful suggestions that may or may not have already occurred to you. I was motivated to write this because of a series of recent events in which it became obvious that a lot of people,…

When we read about human evolution, we eventually get to the part about humans becoming “modern” (i.e., reaching the Platonic ideal, the End of the Linean Line, The upper middle part Catechism’s Great Chain of Being, the Archetype of the Repressed Middle Class, and all that other good stuff). That is the moment when we…

This is about Google’s policy of only allowing “real” names for participants on Google+. Before I go into why this is evil, I want to point out without providing any details that I’ve already spotted dozens of pseudonymous people on Google+ that Google+ authorities have missed. So, their policy, as implemented, is absurd to a…

Many months ago, the fossil primate “Ida” was reported to the world with much fanfare, including an entire mass market book and a huge press conference, and everything else one can possibly do to announce a new fossil find. Science bloggers and others got rather upset at the Ida team’s over the top fanfare, though…

I once did a contract job for Pepsico. It went fine, but during the fieldwork, we noticed that every overhead utility wire and several prominent tree branches in the undeveloped forest we were surveying for archaeological sites had soda bottles strung over them, like those fetishes hanging around in the forest in the Blaire Witch…

You’re not helping has proven its analytical illiteracy and disregard for reason and truth in a rather ironic way: By demonstrating biased ‘reasoning’ and ad hominem argument in a blog post about how another blog is not really a science blog. Some time ago they selected Why Evolution is True as a blog they hate,…

Last week, a very bad thing happened to me, a life changing experience, the kind of thing many people with blogs would tell everyone about, trolling for sympathy and making everyone feel bad. Well, I am certainly not above doing that, but strategically I’ve decided to tell only a few people what is going on,…