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Monthly Archive: December 2009

Dec 28 2009

Trust and Critical Thinking in Science Reporting: A Case Study

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve heard me say before that I’m not a science blogger. However, over the weekend, I authored a guest post that was not merely science blogging but also blogging on a peer-reviewed publication. I wasn’t thinking about it at the time, but it was an opportunity to apply some of …

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Dec 27 2009

Reaction Times and IQ Tests

In the ongoing discussion about disparities between racial classifications on IQ tests, Dr. Bryan Pesta requested that we consider his paper, “Black-White differences on IQ and grades: The mediating role of elementary cognitive tasks.” Because as he rightly points out, not everyone will have the background to evaluate the paper, I thought it would be …

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Dec 26 2009

Tired of Christmas Music?

This, most decidedly, is not that.

Dec 22 2009

Gaga, Palmer, Madonna

Amanda Palmer and her ukulele make some interesting points about popular art.

Dec 21 2009

Readings in IQ and Intelligence

Apropos of the continuing tendency for white supremacists to show up crowing about IQ, here is some reading that may help people understand the history of IQ testing and its relationship to the complex phenomena that lumped under the term “intelligence.” Find the list at Quiche Moraine.

Dec 20 2009

Paint Me on Velvet

What do you get a very good friend who has almost everything he wants and really only wants for things you have no power to give him? Well, if he’s an author with a sense of humor and a bare wall over the mantle that’s been begging for art for years, you might get him …

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Dec 19 2009

Artichoke-Crab Spread

Or, the joys of a well-stocked pantry. It’s holiday party time again. I was planning to bring cupcakes with a cream-cheese-based frosting to a party today, but one of the hosts started talking about all the baking she was doing, including cupcakes. Never “compete” with your host’s cooking. So I was stuck for something to …

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Dec 18 2009

Atheist Holiday Traditions

Yes, the church took Saturnalia and turned it into Christmas, but it’s fun to pretend, Charlie Brown.

Dec 17 2009

Tell Me a (Political) Story

Terrified Tabetic is getting a bit cynical, it seems. Commenting on PZ Myers’ commenting on Making Light’s commenting on Boing Boing’s commenting on Peter Watts’ experience at the U.S.-Canadian border: I am completely unsurprised that border guards would rough someone up and treat them disrespectfully. I am also unsurprised that another arrogant white dude seems …

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Dec 16 2009

Annotation Please

Greg wrote a post yesterday that is academia erotica. No, really, although it’s probably not what you think from that description. It was like they were standing at far end of a room full of books and periodicals, with no walls separating the room from the outside, standing on the edge of an unfinished floor …

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