The Primate Diaries

Archives for February, 2010

Teaching Evolutionary History

As people who have been following the issue are well aware, there is a crisis of scientific literacy in the United States. Unscientific America may have had a poor explanation for why the problem exists, but it effectively announced the severity of the problem to a wide audience. To combat this problem it will take…

Sci-Fi Makes the Grade at the Oscars

My favorite novelist, Kurt Vonnegut, once complained about the treatment of science fiction by critics in his book Wampa, Foma and Granfalloons: I have been a soreheaded occupant of a file drawer labeled ‘science fiction’ ever since [publishing Player Piano], and I would like out, particularly since so many serious critics regularly mistake the drawer…

Scientia Pro Publica is Up

Kind of Curious is hosting the latest edition of the premiere science blog carnival. Stop on in and thank him for an excellent collection.

Haiti: Time To Build a Just Society

       Image: Gideon Mendel / The GuardianJournalist William Fisher of the Inter Press Service News Agency has just used my recent work on Haiti for his story on the need for transparency and equality in the development aid that the West provides to Haiti: Journalist Eric Michael Johnson, writing in The Huffington Post, notes that “Haiti…