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Климат ответит каждому. / Climate will respond to everybody.
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OSU President Responds to Critics, Fails to Explain Anything [DrugMonkey]

Embattled president of Oklahoma State University, Burns Hargis, has responded to his critics in an OpEd piece found here in the online version of The Oklahoman and in the OSU college paper. It seemingly explains very little beyond the original press office quotations. Something to the effect that he had personally decided that supposedly controversial research (meaning that involving the eventual euthanasia of nonhuman primates) was not in the best interest of OSU. A couple of points relevant to my charges on this issue emerge. First, he states that his decision was not influenced by any wealthy AR activist donors:

It has been suggested that this decision was reached arbitrarily and it was influenced by animal rights activists as well as a donor. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Wait....which part is so distant from the truth? Just the "arbitrarily" part? Or is each individual criticism (arbitrary, ARA, rich donor) being denied?

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Zachraňte svět - Roland Emmerich

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Casual Fridays: Inside EVERYONE's Studio [Cognitive Daily]

At the end of every episode of Inside the Actor's Studio, interviewer James Lipton asks his celebrity guests the exact same 10 questions, most notably, "What's your favorite curse word?"

But why should celebrities have all the fun? We thought it would be neat to ask the same set of questions to our readers -- and then see if we can find interesting, statistically significant patterns. Does age affect the responses? Gender? Your chosen profession?

Also, we're going to try something a little different this week. After you respond, you'll be able to check out the responses of others. While we aren't collecting any identifying information with this survey, just be aware that others will be able to view your responses.

Click here to participate

As usual, the study is brief, with about 15 questions. It should take only a few minutes to complete. You have until Thursday, December 10 to complete your response. There is no limit on the number of respondents. Don't forget to come back next week for our analysis of the results!

(Just a reminder: All Casual Fridays studies are non-scientific. This doesn't mean we can't use scientific principles to assess what's going on, but we can't make general claims based on the results)

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Friday Sprog Blogging: swordfish. [Adventures in Ethics and Science]

The younger Free-Ride offspring's third grade class is involved in some independent research about animals.

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Edge: IT SEEMS BIOLOGY (NOT RELIGION) EQUALS MORALITY by Marc D. Hauser http://ff.im/cqUsN

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News From Old Uppsala [Aardvarchaeology]

Magnas Alkarp defended his PhD thesis in Uppsala on 21 November. I just read the book, and my opinion is that Alkarp definitely deserves his PhD. In fact, I believe that he probably deserves two such degrees: one in the history of ideas for the present book, and one in archaeology for his as yet unpublished gazetteer of archaeological features and known interventions into the earth at Old Uppsala. But his book was accepted as a PhD thesis by the Department of Archaeology in Uppsala, and the Department of the History of Ideas is unlikely to be equally forthcoming with a manuscript on archaeology. Most disciplines value their academic distinctiveness higher than many Swedish archaeology departments currently do theirs. So by submitting the book where he did, Alkarp has sadly closed his road to a double doctorate, at least until he's written another big book on the history of ideas.

The book covers the history of scholarship and general ideas about Old Uppsala, largest village of Uppland in the Middle Ages, 12th century archepiscopal seat and the Lake Mälaren area's main assembly and pagan cult site during the Viking Period. If Sweden has a historical heart, which is debatable, then this is it. More exactly, the book concentrates on the two craziest periods in the site's history of scholarship, the 17th century and then the 19th-20th centuries, leaving the comparatively rationalistic 18th century out.

Though endlessly fascinating to someone with my interests, the book does have its weaknesses. Most irksome is a tendency in the early chapters to knowledge relativism. I really hate it when a historian of ideas is so aloof to the issues people have discussed that you get the feeling that the historian in question doesn't think there are any correct answers to questions scholars once debated and still debate. But this tendency soon passes, and for most of the book Alkarp comes across as a rationalist and realist. Then I must say that I find the man's flippant tone, his wobbly Swedish (orsaken till varför det hände, man var intresserade etc.) and his tendency to lose himself briefly in irrelevant anecdotes to be significant blemishes on the work. But still, this is one of the few real page-turners I've come across in Swedish archaeology. It's 450 pages of painstakingly annotated and contextualised gossip about big-name colleagues and famous debates, many of which are still in living memory.

And it's not just a compilation of earlier writers. Alkarp examines the motivations and relationships of all the main characters, their enmities and friendships, their political leanings and the ways that all this influenced their work. He offers major new discoveries about people like Olaus Rudbeckius Sr. and Sune Lindqvist (one of them reported to the Swedish Secret Service on Nazi activities and hid Jewish students in his basement), and brings unbelievably exotic archive records and newspaper clippings to the discussion.

I am in awe. If the guy had only had a copy editor. And someone to make an alphabetical index!

Alkarp, Magnus. 2009. Det Gamla Uppsala: Berättelser & Metamorfoser. Occasional papers in archaeology 49. Dept of Archaeology, University of Uppsala. ISBN 978-91-506-2095-5.

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CampusTV: Asiatische Studenten in Jena

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