Wednesday, December 30, 2009

At the Science Spa

"Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure science."
~ Edwin Powell Hubble

If you're like Divinipotent Daily, then you are increasingly convinced that the militantly ignorant have banded together with the undereducated and politically ambitious to take over the world. That's why I was so delighted to come across an essay entiteld "Science is not a democracy: when the wisdom of crowds isn't wise" by Jessica Palmer on the Bioephemera blog. The gist: some things simply aren't open to opinion; they're facts, so get used to it.

Bioephemera is one of the reasons why ScienceBlogs — a collection of more than 60 blogs written by biologists, geologists, astrophysicists, researchers, physicians, librarians, neuroscientists and representatives of virtually every other science discipline — has become one of my favorite Internet hangouts. Most of the bloggers write well and write in language the average intelligent person can understand. It is perhaps the world's biggest science magazine, and it's updated daily.

 A random sample of current topics:
You say you've had all you can take of birthers, evolution-deniers, climate change challengers, anti-vaxxers and loudly shouting, celebrity-seeking, bubble-brained "rogue" non-thinkers? Then slip into something comfortable, light some scented candles and head on over to ScienceBlogs for a bath in some warm intelligence. You'll feel rejuvenated.

"Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination."  
~ John Dewey

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