I know, I know. I'm a little late to the party. Everyone was abuzz about the Myers/Dawkins move theatre scandal... and it was priceless. It took over the internet so fast I saw no reason to post about it. But now I want to link to Eugenie Scott's anti-Expelled webpage; expelledexposed.com
Go there now and go there often. Link to it if you have a blog or a webpage. As Genie mentioned on the SGU podcast this week, how great would it be for this to come up every time someone googled Expelled? I'll tell you the answer... super-great.
It's true, I suck. I've been so busy lately I haven't had time to write anything. Every time I sit down and start, I become distracted with something else. What can I say, I'm not a professional blogger... yet
Anyway, I recently finished reading Niel Shubin'sYour Inner Fish. I give it a big thumbs up. It's an extremely approachable book, that details some of the vast amounts of evidence for evolution. It also nicely explains how fossils are found, dated, and analyzed. My favorite part though, was towards the end when he described several evolutionary byproducts - physilogical problems we acquired because because our evolution went a certain way (for example, why we hiccup and why we get hernias). It's good for two reasons; it certainly educated me about these details, and it will make (hopefully) some people wonder 'why would god design us with big holes in our abdomen where our gonads are supposed to be when it occasionally leads to our spilling out? Good Stuff!
It's been a few weeks since I've posted. I feel bad about that, but hey, I've been busy. I'm writing a paper, which is extremely exciting for me, but also extremely time consuming. Anyway, I want to post something so I thought I would pass along this interview that I heard with Dave Acer on the Skepticality podcast. I'm embarrassed to say that I had never heard of this TV show, nor had I heard of Dave Acer (I don't have kids, and I don't watch TV). But I'm glad to see anything that promotes critical thinking in kids at an early age. It doesn't take away from a child's imagination to ask them to think carefully about the likelihood of something being true. Anyway, give it a listen. I think I'll buy the DVD for my nephews.
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.