Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for June, 2006

One Unsung Success of Science

This week, our benevolent Seed Overlords ask, “What are some unsung successes that have occurred as a result of using science to guide policy?” Well, I thunked, and thunked, and thunked. Then my head began to hurt. Then I thought of one unsung success.

The “Faith” Canard

Full disclosure: I am a moderately observant Conservative Jew (Conservative is a denomination of Judaism, not a political leaning). Having said that, the bandying around of the term faith is disingenuous. Religious people are supposed to be honest–at least, that’s what I was taught.

The Horrible Banality of War

I’ve never liked most war movies because I think they glamorize warfare, even if they are ‘realistic.’ That’s why I’ve referred to them as “war porn.” Most deaths are horrifying in their randomness: a few inches to the left or right and someone lives instead of dying. And most of the deaths are not ‘heroic’…

Another Dark Side of Limbaugh

PZ rightly noted about the l’affair de Big Pharma that it’s just a stupid overreaction: somehow I don’t think the Viagra trade is destroying America’s inner cities or rural communities. But, over at Feministe, zuzu notes that the Dominican Republic has a thriving sex industry. Was he just one more sick perv inflicting himself on…

For the Price of a Couple of Lattes

A bunch of us ScienceBloggers have decided to help raise funds for teachers (more details here). I really don’t care if I ‘finish’ dead last, but who doesn’t want to help kids? For the price of a couple of those ridiculous Starbuck’s milkshakes, you can help kids learn. Besides those lattes go straight to your…

Who Doesn’t Like Kids?

A bunch of us ScienceBloggers have decided to help raise funds for teachers (more details here). I really don’t care if I ‘finish’ dead last, but who doesn’t want to help kids? Everybody likes kids. Even Dick Cheney likes kids. Sometimes, he even lets them live. Seriously, if you would like to help out, please…

One of my many pet peeves is that nobody takes ‘ordinary’ bacterial infections seriously. I originally wrote this post Jan. 8, 2006, but I was ranting about Acinetobacter since the previous August. The good news is that people other than infectious disease specialists are worrying about it. The bad news is that the Infectious Disease…

Krauthammer: We Are All Popperians Now?

While I’m away, I’ll leave you with this introduction to likelihood theory (originally published Nov. 22, 2005).

Krugman and Academia

From the archives, here’s a post about Paul Krugman’s explanation of why academia is so full of those goddamn libruls (originally published April 6, 2005).

While I’m Away…

…don’t think I’m not watching. I’ll know who’s been naughty and nice. A bunch of us ScienceBloggers have decided to help raise funds for teachers (more details here). I really don’t care if I ‘finish’ dead last, but who doesn’t want to help kids learn? Seriously, if you would like to help out, please go…