Oh how quickly eleven days can pass by when you’re busy cataloging new books, checking in supplies, updating the student database, making sure the copy room isn’t melting down and scheduling classes to come down for their library orientations. I’ve still been trolling around the Internet, looking for great finds to share, but my discoveries are a little uneven. Thus, I’ve decided to revisit and reintroduce one of my favorite places on the vast web of information.
While some people still don’t fully appreciate or recognize the importance of blogging, it is an emerging sector of the Internet that has transformed the way we communicate with and inform one another. Most well known bloggers are professional writers from the news and entertainment industries who have simply transferred their skills over to the electronic medium. For me, this is the least exciting sector of this new wave of thinkers available to the general public because it is mostly the same commercial stuff that is already disseminated through television, radio and advertising. (Memes are real).
One of my favorite “watering holes” on the Internet is ScienceBlogs, precisely because it is about a subject that I feel the public is generally under-informed, and unfortunately uninterested, about. Unlike E-blogger or wordpress (host of this blog) where anyone can sign up for an account and start posting, ScienceBlogs seems to have standards, for it is home to only seventy one (71) blogs. Written by science professors, teachers and graduate students, the blogs found at this clearinghouse are divided into eleven sections including life science, the environment, education, physical science, politics and a half dozen other categories. I would be lying if I said that I have checked them all out, but I am certain that everyone with even a burgeoning interest in the wonders of science will find something worth reading here.
I invite you to peruse their offerings and please let me know if you find anything worth sharing, since I have stopped looking because I am happy with the sites I already frequent regularly. After all, even though the Internet is ubiquitous and open 24/7, there are only so many hours in the day for us mortals. Here then are my recommended reads:
Pharyngula: Written by PZ Myers, associate professor and biologist at the University of Minnesota, this site focuses mostly on the battle between science and religion in our schools and culture. Myers does not mince words when it comes to expressing his distaste and distress over the politics of belief that impede the progress of true science education in this country. I only wish there were more people, especially educators, willing to take his position.
The Frontal Cortex: So maybe there isn’t a brain region (that I could find) called the frontal cortex; though there is a pre-frontal cortex that is associated with memory tasks and risk taking activities. Still, this blog, written by Jonah Lehrer (a Wired contributing editor and author of Proust was a Neuorscientist), is interesting in its scope and topics. If you like to wonder about how brains work, Lehrer is up to the challenge of making you think about common things, in uncommon ways.
Not Exactly Rocket Science: Despite the self-deprecatory title, this blog’s mission seems to be to get the masses to appreciate “rocket science” or at least, general science. Written by award winning writer, Ed Yong, the posts are “his attempt to make the latest scientific discoveries interesting to everyone by beating jargon, confusion and elitism with the stick of good writing.” Cool graphics don’t hurt.
Maybe three recommendations doesn’t seem like enough to you, but remember that each of these blogs has got at least one year’s worth of reading and entries in its archives. That should give anyone enough to read and consider for a while. Still, I would love to hear that you have found something that piques your interest enough to make it part of your daily reading. Please post your feedback in the comments section below, so that other visitors of this blog know what you’re thinking.
Thank you for stopping by, and I will see you all tomorrow.
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