A Discussion About Recent Scientific Advances And Science News Minus The Technical Jargon (Whenever Possible)
Friday, November 30, 2007
Oh man. Had a busy November with various familial obligations and research objectives to meet. Lots of good stuff going on though. And now I'm home sick on a Friday night. yay. I loved the NOVA special on the Dover schoolboard trials. It's hardly worth talking about since so many others have given their thoughts (like here, and here). Good stuff though. Check out Monkey Girl by Edward Humes if you're interested in more details about that particular ID fiasco. There were lots of fascinating characters and ins-and-outs and what-have-yous during that whole trial. Humes did a fantastic job putting it together in his book. One thing that I did not notice in the NOVA special that was a great point in the book was that judge Jones was quoted as regretting his decision to keep cameras out of the courtroom. He said the scientific evidence was so overwhelming, and was presented in such an organized way that everyone should have been privy to it (my intereperetation of his words). To bad. An oppurtunity missed if you ask me, but it was still a landmark victory for logic and common sense.
A drunkard's walk refers to the mathematical expression of successive steps, where each step can diffuse in any random direction. That pretty much sums up this blog. I'll write about nearly anything as long as it has to do with science, and I'm still waiting to see where this will end up.
I am a graduate fellow studying biology. I'm interested in science and culture, science policy, the public's attitude towards it, skepticism, empiricism, and logic. Still trying to work out what this blog will actually be about, but right now it's just random items that I find interesting, with a focus on translating scientific advances, explaining life as a scientist for the non-scientist, and promoting logical thinking.