The Weekly Smörgåsbord #8
Posted by Darin Hayton on 04/25 at 10:57 PM
It must be a busy time of the year, or perhaps I’m projecting. Nonetheless, some of the blogs that have consistently offered excellent reading seem to have fallen largely silent the past few weeks. As a result, this week’s Smörgåsbord is a bit thinner than I had hoped. Nonetheless, some nice posts.
- Skeptical Inquirer 1584 — A nice post on Reginald Scot’s The Discoverie of Witchcraft over at Ptak Science Books
- An Astonishing Ascent — A reflection on Bronowski’s Ascent of Man (it seems too late to call it a review).
- William Coblentz and the Superphysical World — Will over at Ether Wave Propaganda alternates between historiographic and historical posts. This week it’s a historical post.
- Can a University Museum also be a Science Communication Unit — Thomas Söderqvist at Biomedicine on Display, the site for the Medical Museum at the University of Copenhagen, raises a number of interesting questions about science communications.
- Darwin Tried and True — A review of Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini’s What Darwin Got Wrong (I found this article through Another Historian Criticises FAPP over at Evolving Thoughts.
- About Sam Harris’ Claim That Science Can Answer Moral Questions — A response to Sam Harris’s recent TED talk asserting that science can address moral questions.
- Imponderables Complicate Hunt for Intelligent Life Beyond Earth — Paul Davies’s recent book, The Eerie Silence, has been attracting considerable attention lately. Science interviewed Davies about SETI and extraterrestrial life.
- How Mainstream is Science? — Argues that nearly 25% of U.S. population are “science fans” and that if science is not as mainstream as sports that is because science requires more thought.
- Exhibit Review for “Darwin the Geologist” — Michael Barton over at The Dispersal of Darwin has a nice review of the Darwin exhibit at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in Cambridge.