Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Science Week February 5 through 11

One of my pet peeves is that science bloggers spend an inordinate amount of time blogging about other things than science. Of course that doesn't apply to my blog which is of course not a science blog. But the host of Just Science has just issued a challenge to all science oriented blogs to publish only about science starting next Monday. The challenge can be found at:

http://www.justscience.net/?p=7

Just science observes that science blogs spend an inordinate amount of energy fighting against anti science-creationism, anti global warming and other such non sense...so this a week for NOT doing that. Here are the rules:

Bloggers who self-identify as scientists and science writers should post on:

  1. Published, peer-reviewed research and their own research.
  2. Their expert opinion on actual scientific debates - think review articles.
  3. Descriptions of natural phenomena (e.g., why slugs dissolve when you put salt on them, or what causes sun flares; scientific knowledge that has reached the level of fact)

Bloggers who claim to be philosophers of science (or have been accused of so much) should post on issues, ideas, and debates in philosophy of science that are not frequently used or dictated by anti-scientific groups. The demarcation problem, for example, should be avoided unless it\n can be discussed without reference to anti-science movements.

And bloggers who are not scientists – focusing mainly on public and policy debates on scientific issues – should post on issues that are legitimately controversial for scientific reasons. Topics that are controversial simply because of anti-science movements should be avoided.

Ooops since Monday is when Kansas Guild of Bloggers comes out which is non science I guess technically I won't be able to meet the challenge...but since it is a scheduled carnival maybe I can find some way around that...hmmm.

All the feeds from participants are supposed to be fed into an aggregator for subscription but it looks the details are yet to come. Should be fun.

Update the feeds are up! Here is the feedlink:
http://www.justscience.net/?feed=rss2 for subscription or you can go to the just science website at this link:
http://www.justscience.net/

The site and feed are updated about once per minute. My first entry hasn't hit yet but you can view it here.

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