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Peer review

crookedshoes - 24 October 2011 53 Comments

I am struck by the (seemingly) mass misunderstanding of the peer review process. Whenever a troll or even just an apologist wanders through here and the idea of peer review comes up, they...

TAGGED: SCIENCE

Ignorance is bliss?

crookedshoes - 10 August 2011 86 Comments

I am reading a wonderful book entitled "How I became stupid" by Martin Page. It deals with the unhappiness that smart people endure due to their awareness and intellect. The author ties the...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING

Bullying

crookedshoes - 28 February 2011 51 Comments

There has been intense media coverage of bullying in schools. Black eyes all around for teachers (who are ignoring the bullying), administrators (who do not act fast enough -- or at all) to allay...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR

Human Savages

crookedshoes - 20 January 2011 95 Comments

I have been thinking a whole lot lately about the "targeting" issue with Sarah Palin and her ilk. Their inflammatory language and symbolism would put the "play the record backwards" messages to...

TAGGED: CRITICAL THINKING, EVOLUTION, SOCIETY

525,600 minutes-- how do YOU measure a year in a life?

crookedshoes - 20 December 2010 17 Comments

Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year?...

TAGGED: BEHAVIOR, COMMENTARY

Of turtles and shells

crookedshoes - 13 December 2010 35 Comments

I went to the American Society for Cell Biology's annual meeting yesterday. I managed to get a colleague (English teacher) of mine as well as a large group of students to accompany me. We attended...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EDUCATION

Gays in the military

crookedshoes - 01 December 2010 104 Comments

I was reading the local paper today and there was an article about a Senator's view on gays in the military (United States). His opinion is not germane to what I'd like to discuss. What is germane...

TAGGED: HUMAN RIGHTS, POLITICS, RELIGION

Who are the geniuses????

crookedshoes - 09 November 2010 217 Comments

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies, in the final sense, A THEFT from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. Dwight D....

TAGGED: COMMENTARY, CRITICAL THINKING

American Society for Cell Biology 50th annual meeting

crookedshoes - 21 October 2010 9 Comments

I am taking about 50 high school students to this event. We are particularly interested in Scott Gilbert's talk about evolution of turtle shells. He is from Swarthmore College (right around the...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, EVOLUTION, GENETICS

Exaptation in every day life

crookedshoes - 03 October 2010 18 Comments

I am struck by the overwhelming evidence for evolution. And, since I seem to wear my Darwinian glasses everywhere I go, it is no surprise that I find examples of Darwin's theory's comprehensive...

TAGGED: BIOLOGY, DARWIN, EVOLUTION