Archive for June, 2011

Defending Science and Science Fiction

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

I wanted to point out two great articles standing up for things I think are wonderful and positive. First, John DeNardo of writes a thoughtful and balanced positive plea to literary types to read science fiction, in particular knocking down a number of misconceptions that might make some pass.  This is the kind of […]

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Improving Peer Review (AKA “Refereeing”)

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

In astronomy, and most academic fields, research is published in so-called “peer reviewed” journals.  These are the publications that count.  At least one other scientist, and sometimes several depending on the field, has reviewed all the papers.  That review process means an expert in the field has decided that the research is worth publishing and […]

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On Taking Criticism

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

Scientists and writers take on a burden few others do (although a few other professions have it as bad or worse).  They accept that in order to have success in their careers, or just to maintain a longterm career, they will experience intense and frequent criticism.  That criticism, when done professionally and with insight, can […]

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