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"The Giant's Shoulders" blog carnival for October, on history & philosophy of science

Posted 16-Oct-2011 at 10:30 PM (22:30) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Welcome to the October 16, 2011 edition of The Giant's Shoulders. This is a wandering monthly blog carnival, on the on history & philosophy of science, hosted on a different blog each month.

Mathematics, history: FŽanor reports the post "Archimedes and Euclid? Like String Theory versus Freshman Calculus" at the Degrees of Freedom blog, Scientific American Blog Network.

Then a book review: "When numbers were dotty: Marcus du Sautoy on Mayan mathematics and the way...
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Last calls for this month's "The Giant's Shoulders" blog carnival, history & philosophy of science

Posted 15-Oct-2011 at 04:19 PM (16:19) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Just a quick reminder that this month's "The Giant's Shoulders" blog carnival, on the history and philosophy of science, will be posted here on this blog tomorrow.

You can still submit links to articles and posts for it here. I will post the actual big long list tomorrow. You can find a description of the wandering blog carnival here.


        


              

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Blogs round-up 25 September 2011

Posted 25-Sep-2011 at 09:41 PM (21:41) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 26-Sep-2011 at 02:37 AM (02:37) by Gurdur

So this should be a bumper crop, owing to too much time elapsing between my last blogs round-up and this one. I'll do what I can here today, but owing to time constraints, I will have to do a Part 2 a little later. Part 2 will be signficantly longer; I have a lot of posts marked for notice.

History of science, science journalism, science, medicine, neuroscience: The Giant's Shoulders blog carnival for September is up. If you try a direct link to the post in question, you get a 404...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 17 August 2011

Posted 17-Aug-2011 at 06:08 PM (18:08) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 17-Aug-2011 at 09:11 PM (21:11) by Gurdur

So much to do, so much to write about. But first, let's see what everyone else is writing about, in another Society, Ethics And Science Weekly (SEAS) blogs round-up.

Religion, society, ethics, atheism, politics: The blog "Bartholomewís Notes on Religion" takes a look at a spat between Maryam Namazie and Adam Barnett on the one side against Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and the English Defence League (EDL) on the other side. Maryam Namazie and Adam Barnett wrote a report titled, "Enemies...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 10 August 2011

Posted 10-Aug-2011 at 05:26 PM (17:26) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 10-Aug-2011 at 07:11 PM (19:11) by Gurdur

So here's the Society, Ethics And Science (SEAS) Weekly blogs round-up yet again. You can see other blogs round-ups of mine here. Of course, times are rather overshadowed by the UK riots, but onwards we go. A little disordered, and some posts mentioned are from July, but hey. I'm still catching up in all of this.

Skepticism, atheism: Barbara A. Drescher gets really stuck into certain atheists wanting to take over the skepticism movement for their own, in "Take Back Skepticism, Part...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 01 August 2011

Posted 01-Aug-2011 at 05:51 PM (17:51) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 01-Aug-2011 at 07:03 PM (19:03) by Gurdur

Yes! The Society, Ethics And Science (SEAS) Weekly blogs round-up is back! This took one loooong vacation first because of my trip to the USA, then the emergency surgery and long recuperation afterwards, then far too many events happening all at once. But I see a real need for this weekly round-up; when I look around at the British religion/atheism scene, there simply isn't any good, comprehensive round-up going on, so someone has to do it. Lesley is still in her honeymoon period, and the Church...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 28 April 2011

Posted 28-Apr-2011 at 05:43 PM (17:43) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

This is late - but since there will be no weekly round-up from me this coming weekend, as I will be in New York (if you're wondering where I will be, I will be at this; I'm taking citizen journalism and developing myself at it very seriously indeed. If you're interested, I shall be tweeting from there, hashtag #ASJA2011. I will also be blogging when I can). The weekend after, I will try to do a round-up, but no promises; a week after that and regular service (such as it is) will resume.
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 17/18 April 2011

Posted 20-Apr-2011 at 03:25 AM (03:25) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 22-Apr-2011 at 12:18 AM (00:18) by Gurdur

Yes, it's late. What else did you expect? But in my defence, I'm drowning in work. However, here it is! The blogs round-up from around the net, and including a couple of mass media reports. You can read my previous blogs round-ups listed here.

Science, ecology: blog post of the week goes to Dr. Carin Bondar, who (guest-)blogged on silviculture as applied to coral reefs. A good excuse to pepper this page with coral reef photos from the web; I do have photos of my own, but no time to...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 10/11 April 2011

Posted 12-Apr-2011 at 04:15 PM (16:15) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Apr-2011 at 09:12 AM (09:12) by Gurdur

As ever, the best around the web that I find. Late (this should have appeared last night), but hey, by now I guess you expect me to be a trifle late. Better than being premature. You can see my other weekly blogs round-ups here.

Science: I don't know if you remember my blog post a while back about rats in pants, but now they have portable, minaturized PET scanners for pets, whoops, mistake, sorry, I mean PET scanners for lab rats. It's science, Jim.

Science, science...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 03/04 April 2011

Posted 05-Apr-2011 at 02:37 PM (14:37) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Apr-2011 at 03:10 PM (15:10) by Gurdur

Time for another weekly round-up! As ever, what I find around the net on society, science, ethics, religion and atheism. You can easily see a list of all my weekly blogs round-ups on this link here (using the tag "blogs round-up"). Again, as ever, I include as much info as possible, including Twitter handles and so on, so you can see not only the sources but also how to garner info yourself. The below round-up as ever also includes a fair few press reports.

Biology:
Finding all the worms!...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 27/28 March 2011

Posted 29-Mar-2011 at 01:04 AM (01:04) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 29-Mar-2011 at 12:04 PM (12:04) by Gurdur

My weekly blogs round-up, on science and society and, well, everything. This time round including as much info as possible so you can see how to garner info yourself, giving Twitter handles and so on, and a fair few press reports.

Science, nature conservation, ecology:
Some good news at very long last (with thanks, h/t to @geostuff for the alert): "Tiger Numbers Increase in India". And while on the animal/nature conservation front, the Scientific American blogs have a guest post up...
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Society, Ethics And Science Weekly blogs round-up - 20/21 March 2011

Posted 21-Mar-2011 at 09:24 PM (21:24) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 21-Mar-2011 at 11:30 PM (23:30) by Gurdur

Last week I was too ill to do the weekly blogs round-up, so this one is going to be a bit bigger than usual. As ever, the best around the web on the issues that affect us all, the issues of interest. I have a backlog of a million more links I would like to cite here, but just to make sure I get this damned and damnable thing out on time, I will leave it as it now is and maybe do a follow-up addition in a new blog post.


Science: @BoraZ of the blog A Blog Around The Clock announces...
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Society + Science Weekly blogs round-up - 27/28 February 2011 - science, culture, philosophy, religion, atheism

Posted 28-Feb-2011 at 11:06 PM (23:06) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 28-Feb-2011 at 11:22 PM (23:22) by Gurdur

This is my usual weekly blogs round-up, marked off for Sunday/Monday. I considered how I may not be making clear what the blogs round-up is all about, thinking it would be self-evident, so I am making it more immediately clear: this regular blogs round-up is all about culture, science, mind, history, religion, atheism and philosophy. I am titling it so so as to make that clear. Every week emphasis is random; this particular week, this one is very heavy on the science, with not so much on religion...
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Bumper weekly blogs round-up - 20/21 February 2011

Posted 21-Feb-2011 at 10:13 PM (22:13) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 21-Feb-2011 at 10:52 PM (22:52) by Gurdur

This is a bumper round-up of blog posts for this week, since owing to illness I could not do one last week. This time round I've added small headings (in dark green) for entries to help reading this. Subjects as ever are science, philosophy, atheism, religion, humanism, history, literature, and, basically, anything that strikes my fancy. I have a broad fancy. I'm still as sick as a very dead brown dog, so please excuse this round-up coming late in on Monday evening.

Science: reporting...
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Sunday/Monday weekly blogs round-up - 06/07 February 2011

Posted 08-Feb-2011 at 11:20 PM (23:20) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)

Only a tiny bit late, owing to this, that, and simple forgetfulness, the weekly blogs round-up. This time round on science, the arts of blogging, reportage and communication, but as ever, with some spice of religion and atheism for good measure.

The blog Science of Blogging has a good post up, "If you donít have a blog you donít have a resume". They also had an older blog post up, give it a quick look: "What factors make a blog successful?".

Separately, there is a...
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Sunday/Monday weekly blogs round-up - 30/31 January 2011

Posted 31-Jan-2011 at 05:43 PM (17:43) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 31-Jan-2011 at 06:23 PM (18:23) by Gurdur

Owing to the Christmas / New Year period, and to a spot of extended illness, I haven't done a blogs round-up for several weeks, but here's a new Sunday/Monday blogs round-up and it will be kept regular from now on in. Since I began this a while before, but could not complete it owing to illness, there is some blogosphere news from much earlier in the month. Do pardon that. This round-up will also be much shorter than usual for me, since I must get this out today, and owing to stress of still recovering...
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Sunday/Monday blogs round-up - 19/20 December 2010

Posted 20-Dec-2010 at 05:00 PM (17:00) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 20-Dec-2010 at 05:11 PM (17:11) by Gurdur

A few initial words. Owing to illness I haven't been able to blog all week. That means there are a million blog posts all stored up there in my brain, waiting to happen; and some bloggers' posts will get mentioned in those blog posts of mine - when they happen, hopefully tomorrow. Since I have enough troubles with nausea, I'll do all my blog posts dealing with negative things tomorrow, and get back in a hurry to blogging on the simple positive things on Tuesday or Wednesday. For my blogs round-ups,...
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Sunday/Monday blogs round-up - 12/13 December 2010

Posted 13-Dec-2010 at 05:40 PM (17:40) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 13-Dec-2010 at 05:51 PM (17:51) by Gurdur

Ten topics from around the net blogosphere for this week. As ever, I may totally disagree with any single one blog post cited here. Given this week's (rather random) selection, I probably do disagree wholly with any blog post cited here.

The blog Neurobonkers makes a good post on the Wikileaks affair; I will repeat its information in a blog post of mine later, but credit to them for doing it first. The blogger The Ugley Vicar really, really doesn't like Wikileaks, and as you will...
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Sunday/Monday blogs round-up - 05/06 December 2010

Posted 05-Dec-2010 at 04:13 PM (16:13) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 05-Dec-2010 at 04:30 PM (16:30) by Gurdur

Ten topics from around the net blogosphere for this week. As ever, I may totally disagree with any single one blog post cited here.

Chris Mooney and then separately Sheril Kirshenbaum, both of the Intersection blog, describe at length just why the plan from House of Representatives Republican Congressman Adrian Smith of Nebraska is such a bad idea. Smith is a member of the House science committee, and wants to have members of the public scrutinize research grants looking for ones...
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Sunday/Monday blogs round-up - 28/29 November 2010

Posted 29-Nov-2010 at 01:39 AM (01:39) by Gurdur (Stranger In An Even Stranger Land)
Updated 01-Dec-2010 at 09:01 AM (09:01) by Gurdur

The weekly blogs round-up. So first up, an elegant defence of the humanities on the blog Terra Sigillata. So nice after some of the Inquisition-type nonsense around. Then Chad Orzel gets quite skeptical about it, one of the few times I disagree majorly with Chad Orzel. You can also listen to a panel on the humanities.


Lisy Babe's Blog talks about everyday haphazard discrimination against those with a disability. Well-worth reading and considering. The blog Cancer Culture...
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