in musing / science / public / climate on Fri 04 December 2009

A brand new "-gate" on the climate science front has me thinking about the relationship between science and the public. A big issue in communicating science stems from the fundamental disconnect between science as practiced and science as taught in introductory formats, e.g. in high school.

Most people learn ...

in musing / science / models / philosophy on Tue 10 November 2009

Quoting Turchin (1998) quoting Hull (1988) quoting Bacon (?) :

In science it is better to be wrong than confused.

The point is, though a mathematical model that purports to repesent reality will be wrong, one with clear definitions and assumptions can be helpful. Mathematical modeling is a tool to move from ...

in musing / science / inference / ethics on Mon 02 November 2009

True or false: "Non-publication of negative results is extraordinarily common in science...." ?

This comes from biomed world, specifically protein design, where some awesome claims---design of protein receptors to detect TNT (the explosive) among other things---have come under scrutiny. The lab involved recently retracted some other work.

The quotation above is ...

in musing / science / inference on Thu 15 October 2009

A recent article in BioScience [1] focused on the relationship between aquaculture and conservation. This topic is quite interesting to me, but it's obviously subtle. I don't have well-defined thoughts except that (i) aquaculture could theoretically relieve ...