Barry Barnes has a review of Massimo Pigliucci’s Nonsense on Stilts at the Notre Dame Review. It’s somewhat snarky:
I suspect that there is no way of presenting the knowledge and methods of the sciences to general readers that does not fail in some important respect. And the comparison of these with alternatives, whether those that engage in competition with the sciences, or those that pretend to be sciences themselves, or those that rub along with them, peacefully co-existing at other locations in our elaborate division of technical and intellectual labour, is inordinately difficult, as Pigliucci is obviously well aware. But he does not even try to meet the challenge this implies, choosing instead for the most part a facile approach that covers its limitations with the truculent style and affectation of contempt for one’s fellow human beings increasingly encountered in the literature of the science wars. The sciences deserve better than this.
Big Blog Theory is taking votes for the favourite Australian Science Blog. My netfriends Podblack Cat and Jack Scanlan are both listed as finalists.
The Australian Internet Filter is on hiatus, which means that there will be a review the minister will ignore, some cosmetic changes, and the removal of legal and legislative oversight. In short, they’re waiting until after the election to spring it on us.
The You’re Not Helping sockpuppet scandal continues. Apparently Chris Mooney is to blame for failing to know that his source was a sock. Please make sure that if you send me or Greg Laden any information, you clearly mark it when you are a sockpuppet, okay?
Sean Carroll is apparently now a theist. Just kidding; he’s just stated that the universe was picked out of the possible state space by some general principle. Put like that, it doesn’t sound so worrisome.
Jesse Bering takes Emily Nagoski to task. But he’s just some d00d. Ergo sexist.
Oh, and don’t be non-Muslim in Pakistan, or they will kill you and your family and then the police will be too scared to prosecute the imam who incited the murders. Looks like, Religion News, PZ and I got caught by this one, although he did spot that it was shaky. Turns out to be a Christian site’s invention to feed the martyr complex. Well spotted, PZ’s reader.