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By tigtog on July 15, 2014
When science heroes have a documented history of treating some kinds of people badly, their glorification by science fans can be alienating for members of the groups those heroes treated badly.
[I]t is dangerous to rest your scientific outreach efforts on scientific heroes. [...] Science outreach doesn’t just deliver messages about what science knows or about the processes by which that knowledge is built. Science outreach also delivers messages about what kind of people scientists are (and about what kinds of people can be scientists).
By tigtog on April 25, 2014
Some recommended reading from John Scalzi and Soraya Chemaly, and a few thoughts.
By shonias on March 22, 2014
I spoke to a guy in a long coffee queue to point out there was another, unused machine 3 feet away, and even bearing news of speedy caffeine, and wearing a bright red dress, I was apparently invisible.
A woman at a tech event, unaccompanied by any men, is just too unlikely to be believed.
By tigtog on October 26, 2012
I may have contributed to a new term for a rhetorical ploy we see more and more. Here’s how it happened – I’m rather proud of this coinage, but wonder whether we may be reinventing the fallacious wheel. Is there an already apt term in rhetorical jargon?
By tigtog on January 15, 2006
It is very frightening that many, perhaps millions of people’s understanding of addiction has been grossly perverted by a fraudulent book that started its life as an overt work of fiction. So says my old mate Kev, over at Sufficient Scruples. Kev takes a deeper look at the issues of the day, with especial attention […]