Categories: Medicine, Philosophy of Science
Orac is a pseudonymous surgeon/scientist, and an ardent skeptic. He holds both MD and PhD degrees, and he is board certified as a general surgeon. He’s also the proprietor of the Skeptic’s Circle, a blog carnival dedicated to skepticism and critical thinking. On Respectful Insolence, he blogs about surgery, biomedical research, critical thinking, Holocaust denial, and–naturally–skepticism.
Categories: Brain & Behavior, Academia
A neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, Shelley Batts grew up outside of Orlando, Florida and has been addicted to sunshine ever since. Her thesis involves experimental methods for regenerating hair cells in the cochlea; she anticipates an academic and research career working towards a cure for deafness. On Retrospectacle, Shelley attempts to make brain-based blogging accessible, relevant, and fun. She highlights important discoveries in neuroscience and the sciences in general, and describes the process of obtaining a PhD, being an upbeat, savvy female scientist, and writing a thesis in the postmodern world. Retrospectacle’s philosophy is that scientific research belongs to everyone–not just ivory tower dwellers. Join Shelley as she races to get funded, get a PhD, and stay sane in the process.
The Scientific Activist
Categories: Policy & Politics, Culture Wars
Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Nick Anthis earned a BS in biochemistry in 2005, before winning a Rhodes scholarship and relocating to Oxford, England where he pursues a biochemistry D.Phil. In the lab, Nick uses structural biology methods to study protein-protein interactions involved in cell adhesion and migration. On the web, Nick’s The Scientific Activist offers news and commentary on science, politics, and the areas where these dynamic fields clash. The blog aims to open up dialogue on the proper role of science in an ever-changing society, and to take on the people and obstacles standing in the way of the intelligent application of science. In 2006, The Scientific Activist received national attention when findings published on the blog led to the resignation of Bush administration appointee and NASA employee George Deustch. When not bringing enemies of science to justice, Nick enjoys playing tennis, SCUBA diving, and partaking in Oxford’s fine drinking culture.
The Scientific Indian
Categories: Philosophy of Science, Culture Wars
Selva Ganesan is a hominid made out of star dust that coalesced some five billion years ago around a small and rather average star. In his own insignificant way, he is trying to understand why white rabbits are cute and how some people are able to pull it out of their rear. The Scientific Indian is where he shares those moments of understanding, fun, hilarity and pain.
Categories: Brain & Behavior, Medicine
In Smooth Pebbles, award-winning author and journalist David Dobbs covers the same questions and issues he writes about in his books (Reef Madness and others) and in articles for the New York Times Magazine, Slate, Scientific American, Audubon, and other publications: How do science, medicine, and nature shape our lives and culture? How do we in turn shape and define these means of understanding the world and ourselves? What does the way we talk about science and medicine reveal about our society and culture? These questions (as well as less vital ones, like how Yo-Yo Ma plays so well or how Roy Oswalt throws so hard) are the spur for Smooth Pebbles.
Categories: Biology, Philosophy of Science
John M. Lynch is an evolutionary biologist and historian of biology at Arizona State University, where he is an Honors Faculty Fellow at the Barrett Honors College and an affiliated faculty member with the Center for Biology & Society. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and trained as a zoologist, earning his PhD from University College, Dublin in 1993. Since then, he has lived in Tempe, AZ, where he has taught courses in the history and philosophy of biology, and in intellectual history and the “great books.” He blogs about politics, current events, biology, music, and literature.