Archive for May, 2012

“Science” in The Astronomy Book

Monday, May 28th, 2012

My personal feeling is that religion is incompatible with science, but there have certainly been religious scientists capable of doing good science.  People compartmentalize and turn off their critical brains when it comes to certain topics.  I don’t see the difference between being critical about astrology and being critical about any supernatural claims.  Still, a […]

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After I’ve Considered That…

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

I’ve seen this on facebook recently, and another friend just emailed it to me, so let me post it here to launch a couple of points for discussion:   So how about if I knew all that already? And could even make some minor corrections? Do I get to be certain? A quick google fails […]

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My Perfect Science Fiction Novel

Monday, May 21st, 2012

My perfect SF novel, the kind I love to read, and that I’ll probably always be struggling to write, contains: -One or more heroes who use, primarily, their intelligence to reach toward their goals. -Spaceships in space. -Aliens, usually to serve as a mirror for ourselves. -Big stakes, at least life and death, and some […]

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Top Ten Superhero Movies

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

I’ve seen a bunch of these lists on the heels of the success of the Avengers movie.  Forbes has their top twenty (which dips into some bad ones in my opinion).  io9 has their top ten comic book movies, which is unfortunately not restricted to superheroes (comparisons are apples and oranges too often).  IGN has […]

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Another Issue with Peer Review

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

I’ve written in the past about peer review (and links therein), particularly my annoyances with how some referees don’t seem to be constructive about it, and in fact can be condescending assholes.  I made my suggestions about improving it while keeping it anonymous.  Another option is to remove anonymity, which I think does have drawbacks, […]

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The Big Bang Crisis?

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I don’t think so…but it’s a classic lesson in how not to get into grad school. I recently had an exchange with a student who queried me about why they had not been admitted into our graduate program. I won’t name names, or say where they were from, or their gender, and I won’t quote […]

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