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Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted)

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tags: The Last Flight of The Scarlet Macaw, conservation, endangered species, parrots, politics, Bruce Barcott, book review Nonfiction books are often thought of as being “good for us”, as if they were literary vitamin tablets, but many people take their summers off from their vitamins by reading trashy novels or mysteries while ensconced under an…

tags: Ethics for the Real World, Ronald A. Howard, Clinton D. Korver, book review We are confronted with seemingly small ethical choices every day of our lives, ranging from whether we should plagiarize a homework assignment, cheat on an exam, “pad” our resumes, pilfer office supplies, tell a “white lie” to a loved one ……

tags: Mean and Lowly Things, herpetology, reptiles, venomous snakes, amphibians, field research, Congo Brazzaville, Kate Jackson, book review Are you familiar with the aphorism, “Do what you love and the money will follow”? Well, the money part of that equation is probably questionable, but I think you will be convinced that a person who pursues…

tags: Alex And Me: A 30-Year Adventure, Alex & Me: Lessons from a Little Bird with a Big Heart, ethology, cognition, learning, parrots, Irene Pepperberg, book review As a scientist, parrot researcher, aviculturist and parrot companion, I have met Irene Pepperberg several times, at both scientific meetings and also at avicultural meetings, and I have…

tags: My Guy Barbaro, horse racing, horses, Kentucky Derby, Edgar Prado, John Eisenberg, book review Like most of America, I fell under the spell of the talented athlete, Barbaro. I was riveted by his brilliance and ability. Despite Barbaro’s tragic end, I wanted to read a book that told his story, that gave him a…

tags: Oology And Ralph’s Talking Eggs, conservation, ornithology, oology, Carrol L. Henderson, book review People’s methods for learning about the lives of birds have varied throughout the decades. Today, birders learn about their feathery subjects by using binoculars, telescopes, sound recording devices and cameras, while ornithologists and molecular biologists add further insight by analyzing avian…

tags: birding, bird books, Bird Field Guide, The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of Eastern North America, Bill Thompson III, book review One of the most common questions that I am asked is “how can we get our internet- and video game-addicted kids interested in the out-of-doors?” Since I am an internet-addicted semi-adult, I can…

tags: Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You With the Bill), economy, politics, corporate welfare, David Cay Johnston, book review America was built on the premise that hard work would be financially rewarded, but unfortunately, more than 37 million people are part of the growing ranks of the…

tags: How and Why Species Multiply, evolution, ecology, Darwin’s finches, Rosemary Grant, Peter Grant, book review Peter and Rosemary Grant have been studying the phenomenon of speciation in Darwin’s finches for 35 years, using every technique available to them from molecular biology to population ecology. They have written several books about various aspects of their…

tags: Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, nature, field guide, NYC, Leslie Day, Mark Klingler, book review What do you think of when you heard the words, “New York City”? Money? Skyscrapers? Broadway plays? Restaurants? Millions of people living in tiny apartments? Fire hydrants spurting water on hot muggy days? Rotting…