Category Archives: Bias

Is the movie Food Evolution propaganda? Yes. But wait, there’s more.

Last month, I was one of the signers of an open letter about the movie Food Evolution, and how it was not an adequate representation of the debates around GM (Genetically-Modified) crops. And boy has that letter provoked a reaction! A … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Bias, Biotechnolog/GM agriculture, Media Criticism, Open Letters

“Academic success is partly (but significantly) a lottery”

Re-posted (reblogged) from Jason Antrosio’s excellent blog Living Anthropologically, another bit pointing to some of the problems of academic valuation and valuing quantity over quality in academic publishing and prestige: [Nassim Nicholas] Taleb[, author of the book “The Black Swan: … Continue reading

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Good policy requires working with people democratically and transparently, not (just…) good science (…once more into the breach, dear friends…)

Returning to a theme I’ve explored before, this excerpt from a 2011 letter to the journal Science says it all. Responding to a letter by Charles Perring, Anantha Duraiappah, Anne Larigauderie, and Harold Mooney, Briggs and Knight write (in 2011) … Continue reading

Posted in Bias, Critical Analysis in Environmental Justice, Economics, Follow-ups, Government and Governance, Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Solutions, Taking Action, YES. THIS. | 2 Comments

Originally posted on Sociobiology:
Two students meeting. Should we women be retiring, or aggressive? How do we strike a balance between being modest, yet letting our brilliance shine? How many times have you heard stories of women who were viewed…

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Glenn Davis Stone on GMO Myths

Originally posted on fieldquestions:
When you hear about “Myths About GMO’s” you can usually expect a polemic from an activist.  It may be an anti-GMO activist debunking myths like “GMO’s can help feed the world” or a pro-GMO activist debunking…

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Could not have said it better…

Check out prominent socioecological researcher Kai Chan’s page at UBC. What I want to draw particular attention to is their “About” page: Connecting Social and Natural Systems Lab (CHANS Lab) We envision a world where consideration of social and ecological … Continue reading

Posted in About the Lab, Basic & Applied Ecology, Bias, Philosophy of Science, Practical Advice, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Socioecological systems, YES. THIS. | 2 Comments

Big News in Agriculture, Big Agribusiness, and the unfortunate mysteries at the heart of peer review: A wandering, partially annotated bibliography

In a column on Friday, Mark Bittman goes over what he calls “what may be the most important agricultural study this year”, a multi-institution study finding that “…longer rotations produced better yields of both corn and soy, reduced the need … Continue reading

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Excellent comment on “Living Anthropologically”

Catherine Blampied (seemingly this Catherine Blampied… on the internet, no one can hear you be anonymous…) makes an excellent comment on the Living Anthropologically blog, in an ongoing conversation based on this piece. Excerpt: Given… the precariousness of funding and … Continue reading

Posted in Bias, Blogs, Follow-ups, How Do We See the World? [blog], Living Anthropologically [blog], Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies (STS) | 2 Comments

More on Advocacy & Bias: Action Ecology

My previous post talked a bit about issues in advocacy in science.  Besides the resources I offered there (including an excellent piece by Nelson & Vucetich), this recently came out summarizing a symposium I co-organized for the 2011 Ecological Society … Continue reading

Posted in Bias, Darwin's Sacred Cause, Follow-ups, John Vandermeer, Philosophy of Science, Phronesis, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Socioecological systems, What "is" is | 4 Comments

Neutrality and Bias

In a conversation with a colleague yesterday, the idea of trying to remain critical and analytical, and by implication, “neutral” or unbiased came up. This parallels another recent conversation with my friend and colleague Maywa Montenegro, who is a PhD … Continue reading

Posted in Bias, Media Criticism, Philosophy of Science, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Something more completely different, What "is" is | 3 Comments