Category Archives: role of scientists

De-Sensitizing the Operating Room: Normalizing the “Unnatural” in The Island of Dr. Moreau

I say I became habituated to the Beast People, that a thousand things that had seemed unnatural and repulsive speedily became natural and ordinary to me. (The Island of Dr. Moreau, End of Chapter 15) I used to consider myself a very squeamish person. T… Continue reading

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Study Released: Children’s Literature May Not Be Sending the Right Message

There is a certain pleasure to be had in reading books like Kingsley’s The Water-Babies, if only because it is always funny to see so many blistering and well-aimed zingers in one place. You just have to admire the craft, especially when it’s done… Continue reading

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“Answers to Questions” and Questioning the Answers

Science isn’t all about hard facts and intricate detail: mired in the stacks of glossy-paged textbooks, we often forget that science is about inquiry and discovery, and that it can be a lot of fun. Dan Fang reminds us of this fact as she discusses the “play” of science, inspired by an exhibit at the […] Continue reading

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Shapin’s Science: Virtue and Science

Perhaps one of the greatest impediments to scientific advancement is the question of morality and virtue, especially concerning the commercial value of the growth of scientific technology. Erin Pellarin examines this in the blog post below, but she brings up additional questions of monetary gain; how exactly does money fit into the discussion of virtue […] Continue reading

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