Trump Research

“If Donald Trump was a scientist” was created by Matt Crawford and shared on Facebook. Hope you enjoyed it! [Read more…]


Most of you will be aware that I was on sabbatical last semester. My department administrator used the term “sabbatitude” at some point early in the semester, and I liked the term, and so I thought I would use it in the title of this post, since every blogger who gets a sabbatical inevitably must [Read More…]

Research in Religious Studies Conference #CFP

Jim Linville shared the poster above, which is a great opportunity for students  of religion at any level to present their research at an academic conference. And answering the question “What Would Jim Do?”, here’s an academic conference LOLcat to accompany the call for papers:     [Read more…]

Do You Still Believe?

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Presenting Your Findings

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I’ve Done My “Research”

From time to time I’ve had a commenter repeatedly copy and paste at length from online sources. In the most recent instance, the sources were credited, and so it wasn’t a case of plagiarism. But that doesn’t make the comments convincing – and that is for much the same reason that student papers which are a [Read More…]

The Hand on the Mirror

I confess that when I was included in the book club discussing Janis Durham’s book The Hand on the Mirror: A True Story of Life Beyond Death, I was not entirely enthusiastic. I had blogged about books about near-death experiences by Eben Alexander and Mary Neal, and they left me skeptical. I was delighted to [Read More…]

Misunderstanding Peer Review

Dudley Chapman has written a really helpful blog post, addressing a popular misunderstanding about peer review – and thus also the way some have misunderstood the significance of retractions and other such things that have been in the news lately. Click through to read it. Of related interest, the New York Times just featured an article [Read More…]

Interstellar PhD

Not a good planet for humanity’s overall survival. But perhaps a good place for a university? Or better yet, what if you get to enroll in a university on this planet, but do your research on Earth or in space, so that you can earn a PhD in an hour or less, local relative time? [Read more…]

The Importance of Stupidity

I think this applies beyond the realm of the natural sciences. What do others think? [Read more…]