Mike the Mad Biologist

Archives for March, 2009

After reading these two posts by ScienceBlogling Sheril (and the many comments) about scientific literacy, I suppose I’m in the minority about what scientific literacy. Unlike most of the commenters, I think scientific literacy revolves primarily around a core set of knowledge, and not ‘critical thinking skills.’ More importantly, to combat anti-science, facts are vital.

Some Sunday Linkies

Merry Sunday! Lotsa links for you:

Always listen to the Mad Biologist. By way of Joe Windish at The Moderate Voice, we find out, just as I predicted, that the pork lobby would claim we don’t know enough about the MRSA ST398 problem: Livestock scientists call the opinion piece “highly speculative”, and point to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

By way of Jesse Taylor, imagine that you had $16,000 of bills due to an appendectomy:

Why the AIG Bonus Tax Is a Good Idea

I have to disagree with ScienceBlogling Mike Dunford about the proposed plan to tax 90 percent of bonuses paid out since Jan. 1 by any company that had accepted more than $5 billion in government bailout funds. I think it’s a perfectly acceptable thing to do.

Always listen to the Mad Biologist. By way of Joe Windish at The Moderate Voice, we find out, just as I predicted, that the pork lobby would claim we don’t know enough about the MRSA ST398 problem: Livestock scientists call the opinion piece “highly speculative”, and point to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

Wednesday Link Dump

Here are some posts for you. Science first:

While there’s a compelling argument to be made that newspapers are doomed regardless of what they try, I think Ezra Klein is wrong when he argues that there’s no market for local news. Atrios writes:

In the midst of all of the wailing and gnashing of teeth over the death and cooptation of business journalism inspired by John Stewart’s skewering of Jim Cramer, it’s important to remember one thing: that’s the business model. Or to put it another way, the customer is always right.

Interview with a Mad Biologist

Over at The Reef Tank, Ava has an interview with yours truly. I particularly liked this bit: