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The Scientific Activist

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Robert Trivers was the first to describe the theory of reciprocal altruism and Noam Chomsky is… well… Noam Chomsky is the man (not to be confused with The Man). What happens when you bring together in one room the evolutionary theorist who changed the way we think about cooperation and social interactions with the intellectual…

In the comments of a recent post, one reader asked for recommendations of good science-related causes to donate to. Not having much (or any) disposable income myself–being a poor grad student and all–I realized that I didn’t have many suggestions myself. So, I asked around, and I found, not surprisingly, that there are a ton…

…Or at least that’s the impression that college freshmen with US Department of Education Smart Grants are getting, the The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Tuesday: Like a gap in the fossil record, evolutionary biology is missing from a list of majors that the U.S. Department of Education has deemed eligible for a new federal…

Gear for the Scientific Activist

If you love science and don’t know how to show it, there are a few sites out there that’ll be more than willing to help you out. Here are a couple of examples: At Support Our Scientists, you can buy a magnetic ribbon to show your support wherever you drive. It looks a bit like…

Since I’ve been on the road so much lately, I haven’t really had a chance to follow up on some of the more interesting links forwarded to me lately. Each probably deserves its own post… but I’m going to dump them all into this post anyway. Besides, there seems to be a common thread running…

This week’s Nature features a news article and editorial about Francis Collins–director of the US National Human Genome Research Institute–whose new book The Language of God advocates reconciliation between science and religion. Although the status of science in America could be improved by lessening religious anti-science hostility, and we’re generally much better off in general…

Before I get started here, I have a quick announcement. Seed is seeking reader-submitted questions to ask its ScienceBloggers, so if you have a burning question (and I know you do), submit it to askablogger@seedmediagroup.com. This week’s (or last week’s, rather) Ask a ScienceBlogger question is “What makes a good science teacher?” I probably put…

Today, the Interacademy Panel on International Issues (IAP), an organization of 92 scientific academies from around the globe, released a statement endorsing the importance of teaching evolution as a fundamental scientific principle. The IAP emphasizes the following uncontested evolutionary facts: In a universe that has evolved towards its present configuration for some 11 to 15…

Conservatives in America have become pretty adept at shrugging off worries about global warming, and when it comes to evolution, well, they have their own ideas about how that works. However, this headline from National Geographic might cause some circuits to blow: “Global Warming Is Spurring Evolution, Study Says” Wow, what a catch-22! They can…