Monthly Archives: March 2013

Off our Eggs

I often have crazy ideas, but I don’t often have people crazy enough to help me carry them out. Fortunately, my team mate #1 (aka husband) is just one of those people whom when you say “I want to make … Continue reading

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Sloe Synthesis

Just over a yer since we gathered the sloes, we decanted our bottle and topped up the gin in our sloe gin synthesis bottle.

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Standing Up for Science Again

If you read my post on Standing up for Science, you may be interesting in reviewing some of the evidence yourselves. Take a look at I don’t know what to believe and Peer review: the knuts and bolts.

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The Watchmaker

Have you ever heard the metaphor of the watchmaker? When I was in school, I was introduced to the watchmaker metaphor for proof that god exists. It is basically the babelfish argument: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says … Continue reading

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Women in Chemical Sciences – or Not

I recently attended a focus group workshop to discuss why women were under-represented in post-doctoral and academic positions in the chemical sciences. I would generally forgo such a workshop on the basis that I feel over-stressing the lack of females … Continue reading

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Skewing Data – and Suppressing the Facts

If you want to read a good article about bad science, I would suggest this one. And for those who just want a summary… The article is about the extent of placebo prescription by medical professionals. The study presents conclusions … Continue reading

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Mutable Science

If we now considered oxygen to be dephlogisticated air, we would claim Priestly discovered it, but since we consider it as a conceptually different entity, to say that oxygen was discovered is misleading. The word “discovery” implies a complete event, … Continue reading

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Standing Up for Science

Having recently been to the Sense About Science workshop in Manchester: Standing Up for Science, I thought I’d stand up and say a few words about my experience of it. It was good; I enjoyed it; it was a nice … Continue reading

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Chocolate Delights

Guy and I have just finished an exciting chocolate truffle making workshop, courtesy of Guy’s brother, Harry. We decided to maximise output by making lots of little truffles. We made 142 truffles between us, piggedout on buttons and chocolate fountain … Continue reading

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Are there philosophical reasons to consider qualities such as shape and duration more real than, say, colour?

By asking a series of questions, I aim to discover how philosophical reasoning approaches the possibility of some qualities, such as shape and duration, being more real than other qualities, such as colour. A suitable starting point to this analysis … Continue reading

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