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April 18, 2014

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10:34 PM | A Penis Isn’t A Punchline (But It Is A Biological Structure)
Have you heard the one about Neotrogla? Neotrogla is an interesting cave insect discovered Brazil; instead of being blind or transparent or having other neat cave-specific adaptations, Neotrogla mixes things up with sex. In specific, Neotrogla females have a penis, while the males have an internal cavity that receives the penis. A great summary of […]

April 17, 2014

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1:00 PM | Pub-Style Science: dreams of objectivity in a game built around power.
This is the third and final installment of my transcript of the Pub-Style Science discussion about how (if at all) philosophy can (or should) inform scientific knowledge-building. Leading up to this... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 16, 2014

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12:25 PM | Pub-Style Science: exclusion, inclusion, and methodological disputes.
This is the second part of my transcript of the Pub-Style Science discussion about how (if at all) philosophy can (or should) inform scientific knowledge-building, wherein we discuss methodological... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 15, 2014

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8:53 PM | Pub-Style Science: philosophy, hypotheses, and the scientific method.
Last week I was honored to participate in a Pub-Style Science discussion about how (if at all) philosophy can (or should) inform scientific knowledge-building. Some technical glitches... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 07, 2014

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11:51 PM | What is philosophy of science (and should scientists care)?
Just about 20 years ago, I abandoned a career as a physical chemist to become a philosopher science. For most of those 20 years, people (especially scientists) have been asking me what the heck the... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

April 01, 2014

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3:23 AM | Reflections on being part of a science blogging network.
This is another post following up on a session at ScienceOnline Together 2014, this one called Blog Networks: Benefits, Role of, Next Steps, and moderated by Scientific American Blogs Editor Curtis... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 30, 2014

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10:02 PM | Brief thoughts on uncertainty.
For context, these thoughts follow upon a very good session at ScienceOnline Together 2014 on “How to communicate uncertainty with the brevity that online communication requires.” Two of... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

March 29, 2014

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3:47 AM | Praiseworthy Young Americans Realize Obama's Yes-We-Can Cry Was a Con
Image SourceA new Gallop poll shows a dwindling count of young Democrats "during the Obama administration." It looks like they've figured out Barack Obama's rallying cry "yes we can (but I won't)" was a big con of the entire USA electorate during his youth-enhanced victories. These youngsters are very wise for their age.What promises has he fulfilled? Ask the young Dream Act immigrants if the "deporter-in-chief" has fulfilled his immigration reform promises. Ask the innocent dead Pakistani […]

March 20, 2014

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4:57 PM | Engagement with science needs more than heroes.
Narratives about the heroic scientist are not what got me interested in science. It was (and still is) hard for me to connect with a larger-than-life figure when my own aspirations have always been... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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