If you’ve walked into any large bookstore lately and browsed the “Science” section, you may have been appalled by what passes as science literature these days. In addition to being minuscule (and often sandwiched between the ‘Occult’ and ‘Self-Help’ sections), it is often peppered with ‘mislabeled’ books. These books are the subject of an interesting blog project called Biologists Helping Bookstores. In a nutshell, the aim is to re-shelve religion and philosophy books to the correct part of the store–and out of the science section. Obviously, some people have a lot of time of their hands.
The blogger, Ste, catalogs his endeavors at the local Barnes Ignoble and other local bookstores, complete with pictures and snarky narratives (including everyone’s favorite punchingbag Michael Behe).
It is my mission to correctly re-shelve books to the appropriate section of the bookstore.
For example, “Darwin’s Black Box”, the famous pseudo-science book by the non-evolutionary non-scientist Michael Behe, should not be in the “Evolutionary Biology” section, but something more appropriate, such as “New Age”, “Religion”, “Christianity”, or even “Fiction”. After chuckling a geeky chuckle for a few seconds it is also helpfully relocated – this time next to the far more appropriate Pop! Goes the Witch – A Disinformation Guide to 21st Century Witchcraft. You get the idea.
I call on all readers of this blog to follow my example. Help your local bookstore correctly stock their science section. Spread the word.
Ahhhhhhhh. Now THATS better.
Come on folks, we gotta give this guy some traffic. He’s fighting the good fight for us all!