Archive for the ‘science’ Category

Harvard professor fakes data?

August 30, 2010

Harvard professor Marc Hauser was found guilty of “scientific misconduct”. Harvard doesn’t say exactly what that entails, but it is clear is that he and his assistants had the task of coding videotaped monkey behavior. This is a task which should always be given to someone who does not know what the study’s hypotheses are. It should also be noted that the scientific method is designed to protect a researcher from his/her unconscious biases. It does nothing to prevent people from simply faking it.

http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/08/harvard-professor-found-guilty-of-scientific-misconduct.ars

BTW, the guy’s field of study is morality.

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fundamental, curiosity-driven science

October 6, 2009

Excerpt from Baltimore Sun:

Carol W. Greider, who on Monday became the 33rd person associated with the Johns Hopkins University to win the Nobel Prize, is a triathlete, a mother of two and a methodical and modest genetic researcher who colleagues say shuns publicity in favor of pursuing her passion: fundamental, curiosity-driven science.

See the full article here:

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/bal-md.hs.nobel06oct06,0,800156.story

When dumb is smart

October 8, 2008

Maureen Dowd recently wrote: “We could, following [Sarah Palin’s] strenuously folksy debate performance, wonder when elite became a bad thing in America.” [full article

It’s an odd thing, but being smart is bad. It’s always been true that in school, it was uncool to be smart (or at least to be into school). But now, being tagged with intellectual is practically like calling someone a communist. Even odder, the proponents of this are both the right and the left. On the right we have people who put creationism on a par with evolutionary theory. The left, we have people who argue that reality is unknowable and “expose” science as a master narrative designed to keep old white men in power.