Category: Science

Do we need Science Journalists?

Science bloggers and their sometimes troublesome relation to science journalists is a topic that I have come across many times since I started writing this blog. And in many instances I have heard statements of the sort that blogging will render journalism obsolete. Bora’s recent post a id=”a097091″ href=”http://scienceblogs.com/clock/2008/12/the_shock_value_of_science_blo.php”emThe Shock Value of Science Blogs/em/a is […]

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This and That

Some random things I came across recently and thought you’d enjoy:br /br /ulliIf you still haven’t understood what universal health insurance is good for, read this: a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/02/18/nyregion/18insure.html”For Uninsured Young Adults, Do-It-Yourself Health Care/a. Statistically, this is the most healthy agegroup…/libr /liRobert has a href=”http://atdotde.blogspot.com/2009/02/better-than-refereeing-fees.html”an interesting post about and agaist refereeing fees/a. See also our […]

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Assumptions and Limitations

I recently came across this astonishing quotation, also referred to as “the F-twist”:br /br /blockquote“Truly important and significant hypotheses will be found to have “assumptions” that are wildly inaccurate descriptive representations of reality, and, in general, the more significant the theory, the more unrealistic the assumptions (in this sense). The reason is simple. A hypothesis […]

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My Computer has Insomnia

I don’t sleep well at night. One gets used to it. Over the years I have developed a skill in writing imaginary equations on the ceiling. But last night I noticed I’m not the only one in my apartment who is up at night.br /br /My computer presently sleeps on the couch (also known as […]

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Science and Democracy IV

Dennis Overbye recently had a nice opinion piece in the NYT, titled “a href=”http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/27/science/27essa.html?_r=2″Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy/a.” Since we have discussed the topic of Science and Democracy repeatedly on this blog (a href=”http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2006/06/science-and-democracy.html”Part I/a, a href=”http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2006/06/science-and-democracy-ii.html”Part II/a, a href=”http://backreaction.blogspot.com/2007/03/science-and-democracy-iii.html”Part III/a) I thought it is worthwhile to comment on this piece (see also a href=”http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/01/28/science-democracy/”Daniel’s comment/a).br […]

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Hi Folks: Due to a spam attack that has lasted for several hours now comments are currently disabled. Sorry about that. I will try to change settings in the afternoon to see whether the storm has passed by. Update 3pm: Turning comments back on… “You do not really understand something unless you can explain it […]

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Monsters

These days, everybody is talking about entropy. In fact, there is so much talk about entropy I am waiting for a Hollywood starlet to name her daughter after it. To help that case, today a contribution about the entropy of black holes. To begin with let us recall what entropy is. It’s a measure for […]

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Monsters

These days, everybody is talking about entropy. In fact, there is so much talk about entropy I am waiting for a Hollywood starlet to name her daughter after it. To help that case, today a contribution about the entropy of black holes. To begin with let us recall what entropy is. It’s a measure for […]

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Jeffrey Sachs makes a Case for Bigger Government

Jeffrey Sachs is an interesting figure in the world of economics. Besides doctoring around on the economies of Bolivia and Russia, he is responsible for the “Sachs Plan” that has been imposed on Poland in 1990. He basically pushed a young and insecure democratic government into extreme measures of deregulation and privatization, in an example […]

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Jeffrey Sachs makes a Case for Bigger Government

Jeffrey Sachs is an interesting figure in the world of economics. Besides doctoring around on the economies of Bolivia and Russia, he is responsible for the “Sachs Plan” that has been imposed on Poland in 1990. He basically pushed a young and insecure democratic government into extreme measures of deregulation and privatization, in an example […]

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