Category Archives: scientists

Tim White goes Full Curmudgeon: damns the love affair between media and science

Timothy White, a paleoanthropologist at Berkeley, is rightly famous for his work on hominin fossils, especially Lucy. And he’s done some good work against creationism as well: he was the scientist who most flummoxed the UK creationists in our television show “Conspiracy Road Trip“. The fundies just couldn’t get around his sequential presentation and explanation of hominin skulls (see […]

Is falsifiability essential to science?

The two articles I want to discuss today are fascinating, for they raise a problem that’s now vexing many scientists (especially physicists)—the problem of testability. (Thanks to reader Mark H. for calling my attention to them.) It all goes back to the philosopher Karl Popper (1902-1994). Popper’s views about what made a theory “scientific” were immensely influential. They’re summed […]

The Infinite Monkey Cage: USA tour

by Grania As some of you already know The Infinite Monkey Cage is a much-loved BBC Radio 4 radio show and podcast on science hosted by physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince with weekly guests including such luminaries as Matthew Cobb and, more recently, Jerry Coyne. It’s usually hilarious, fast-paced and covers a range of […]

Moar logos

When I presented some “scientist logos” the other day, I didn’t know where they came from. Eventually it was revealed that the first six of them were by Indian graphic deisnger Kapil Bhagat and, as I’ve just learned, the rest came from Prateek Lala, a physician in Toronto. He also told me that you can see all […]

If scientists had logos

There are some clever ones here; my favorites are Newton, Gödel, Darwin, and Feynman: p.s. I don’t know who the clever person is who should get credit for these logos, but if anybody knows tell us in the comments. UPDATE: Reader Don Bilgren, in the comments, identifies the designer as Kapil Bhagat, who made these […]

Was Darwin a sluggard?

Now here’s an interesting idea. “Visualization artist” R. J. Andrews culled through the biographies of famous people and put together a graphic depiction of their daily routines, published at Twisted Sifter  as “The daily routines of famous artists and scholars.” Number 5 on the list of twelve is our hero, Charles Darwin. First, the key to how […]

An adorable geeky love song

It doesn’t get more sqeelicious than this: a science-themed love song featuring a ukelele-playing kitten! Note: this is slightly NSFW. The notes at TheRealDeAnne site say this: I made this video for my friend Shane Adamczak’s show Up Late Live, an episode of which you can see here:… Clark, the kitten I was fostering, stole […]

Atheism among Anglophone scientists. II. The UK

So how religious are scientists in the UK compared to those in the US? I would have thought “a lot less”. A recent study by Elisabeth R. Cornwell and Michael Stirrat (reference and online link below) shows that’s close to being the case, but the differences are small.  Michael Stirrat is a research fellow in […]

Guest post: The most poignant episode in all of the history of science

When my friend Andrew Berry, who teaches at Harvard, told me this story two days ago,  I realized that it would be a great post for Wallace Year. (This is the centenary of the death of the great naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace, aka The Man Who Also Thought of Natural Selection.) I begged Andrew, an […]

Atheism grows on campus

Just a quick but heartening note from the airport: a new article in Religion Dispatches, “Are atheists the new campus crusaders?”, discusses the growing influence of the secular movement on American college campuses. It highlights the Secular Student Alliance, but also mentions the Richard Dawkins Foundation, the Center for Inquiry, and the Secular Coalition for […]


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