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Archives for July, 2008

Book Review: Conkin & Gould

(The following is the text of a review I wrote that appeared in Journal of the History of Biology in 2000. As both of the books are still in print – and the Gould book is his exposition of Nonoverlapping Magesteria – I thought the review was worth posting.) Most of us are familiar with…

I recently co-authored a paper that discussed the utility of history of science for science (Isis 99: 322-330). The abstract reads: This essay argues that science education can gain from close engagement with the history of science both in the training of prospective vocational scientists and in educating the broader public about the nature of…

Monday Mustelid #22

Zorilla or Striped Polecat, Ictonyx striatus Perry 1810. (source)

Buffalo burger?

They are captioning this over at Fark.com. I did this (obvious) caption before reading the thread.

Blogging & Tenure

Recently anthropologist John Hawks was granted tenure by the University of Wisconsin (congratulations to him!) and he feels that his blogging did not impede his evaluation. He has begun a four part series that “covers a different portion of the tenure process, from starting and establishing the tone of your blog, up to documenting your…

The Sunday Mustelid

I’ve been remiss for a while and those of you who like the Monday Mustelid haven’t been getting your fix. So here is a little something to tide you over. Three video full of badgery goodness. The world’s most fearless animal – the ratel, Melivora capensis. This guy is 100kg of attitude in a 10kg…

Leopard 1 – Crocodile 0

Full sequence of leopard taking out a crocodile at Kruger NP is here. Om nom nom nom.

More fizzle than sizzle

Like many on the blogosphere, I’ve had the opportunity to view Randy Olson’s latest production Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy. Billed as “an effort to understand the confusion around the global warming,” the movie claims to be a “novel blend of three genres – mockumentary, documentary, and reality” and that alone illustrates the problem with…

Very sad news for those of us who do physical anthropology. Charles (“Charlie”) Lockwood (University College London) was killed today in a motorcycle accident in London. He is survived by his parents and sisters. Charlie was a talented morphologist both in the sense of being a descriptive anatomist and quantitative biologist. I met him in…

On manufactroversies

Leah Ceccarelli in the Seattle Times: My own research seeks to reveal what makes today’s manufactroversies work. First, I’ve discovered that modern-day sophists skillfully invoke values that are shared by the scientific community and the public, such as free speech, skeptical inquiry and the revolutionary force of new ideas against a repressive orthodoxy. It is…