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The Storytelling Animal: The Science of How We Came to Live and Breathe Stories The Storytelling Animal: The Science of How We Came to Live and Breathe Stories by Maria Popova Where a third of our entire life goes, or what professional wrestling has to do with War and Peace. “The universe is made of stories, not atoms,” poet Muriel Rukeyser memorably asserted, and Harvard sociobiologist E. O. Wilson recently pointed to the similarity between innovators in art and science, both of whom he called “dreamers and storytellers.” Stories aren’t merely essential to how we understand the world — they are how we understand the world.
Pannell Discussions » 213 – The environmental planning fallacy Psychologists studying the way that people plan projects have found that they are often way too optimistic – they think the project will take less time, or cost less, or achieve greater change, or that the change is worth more, relative to what is realistic based on experience with other similar projects. We have observed exactly these tendencies in environmental planning, and seen that they create serious (but often unrecognised) problems for managers wishing to prioritise environmental projects. Psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky made very successful careers out of studying the biases that commonly occur in people’s thinking, culminating in Kahneman being awarded the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 (Tversky would surely have shared the award if he had still been alive). Kahneman’s recent book for a general audience, ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’ (Kahneman, 2011), includes very enlightening and entertaining information about the various biases. Pannell Discussions » 213 – The environmental planning fallacy
Data and visualization blogs worth following Data and visualization blogs worth following About three years ago, I shared 37 data-ish blogs you should know about, but a lot has changed since then. Some blogs are no longer in commission, and lots of new blogs have sprung up (and died). Today, I went through my feed reader again, and here's what came up. Coincidentally, 37 blogs came up again.
About | The Mind's Flight Growing up my heroes were mostly scientists and writers – or people who were both: Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens; Jane Austen and Jane Goodall; Galileo, Stephen Jay Gould, Virginia Woolf and Gary Paulsen. In my adolescence I imagined my future self studying animals in the wild and probably discovering new species. My future self would also write novels. And take pictures for National Geographic. About | The Mind's Flight
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POSKOD.SG Sandwiched in between the two better-known eastern neighbourhoods of Marine Parade and Bedok, Siglap is less recognised, less dense and much smaller in size. It is largely comprised of landed housing estates, with rows and rows of terrace houses neatly lined up next to and across each other, outlined by greenery. Punctuating this otherwise linear landscape are schools, the occasional apartment building and parks. While Siglap may seem like a typical landed housing area, its relationship with nature is not. POSKOD.SG
REFERENCES | The Diet of the Common Palm Civet in Singapore Corlett, R. T. (1998) Frugivory and seed dispersal by vertebrates in the Oriental (Indomalayan) region. Biol Rev. 73, 413–448. Corlett, R.T. (2002). Frugivory and seed dispersal in degraded tropical East Asian landscapes. REFERENCES | The Diet of the Common Palm Civet in Singapore
If you can get beyond the shoveling, the hairy commuting and feeling like a Michelin Man every time you go outside, deep winter in Minnesota is a beautiful time of year. Sundogs (like the one shown above) can be found in the sky, stars seem more brilliant than ever and the bright flash of a cardinal really stands out against the pristine white snow. But can cold ever be “too cold” for our feathered and furred friends? While winter does thin wild populations, most of our resident wildlife at this time of year are built to handle the cold. Even double digits below zero. WRC Pulse WRC Pulse
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Purple Doesn’t Exist: Some thoughts on Male Privilege and Science Online | Cedar's Digest I don’t often write about gender and science, but I have been thinking and reading about it lately. If you were hoping for my typical aloof lecturing, or overblown (yet intellectual) ranting, just wait a few days (or you could revisit what I think of David Brooks and Larry Summers). At a wonderful dinner out at the recent Science Online Conference, I found myself explaining why I consider myself a psychologist, even though some people don’t consider the study of visual perception “psychological.” This comes up often in response to the question: “Are you going to use your psychology knowledge to analyze me?” “I’m not that kind of psychologist,” I say. Then, because the food hadn’t come yet, and I had drunk a beer on an empty stomach, I waxed poetic about the color purple. Purple Doesn’t Exist: Some thoughts on Male Privilege and Science Online | Cedar's Digest
Inkfish Lying to your doctor is encouraged in one situation: when your doctor is a student and you're an actor asked to portray a certain condition. My friend Amy Savage does this for work. In between fake symptom bouts, I asked her to write a guest post sharing what she's learned from being poked for practice. Have you ever been asked to “please dislocate your left breast,” or if you “have noticed any hairs growing in places you normally wouldn’t have hairs"? Or maybe someone told you to “have a nice day” after your spouse just passed away or you’d received a cancer diagnosis. Inkfish
I’ve got your missing links right here (2 July 2011) | Not Exactly Rocket Science Top picks “If this were true adios theory.” Darwin’s margin scribbles show the evolution of a theory I’ve got your missing links right here (2 July 2011) | Not Exactly Rocket Science
Every so often (but only as often as we receive contributions) we feature a seagrass meadow from around the world. This week, Laura Soissons shares her observations of her field site in the Yellow River Delta in China. Laura is a PhD student with the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ-Yerseke) studying human impacts on seagrass. “Where are the seagrasses?” This is the main question my colleagues and I had in mind last summer when we were visiting our field site in the Yellow River Delta area in China. Sadly enough, we haven’t seen them make a comeback. World Seagrass Association
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“There are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns, that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don’t know we don’t know.” – Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. As nature documentary viewers often hear, there is a lot about sharks and rays that scientists don’t know… but what are the most important things that we need to know? Shark Science Monday: the Known Unknowns of Shark Conservation
The top 10 shark conservation stories of 2011 Caribbean reef shark, Bimini. Photo credit: David Shiffman 2011 was a relatively good year for sharks and rays. Presented below, in no particular order, are ten important shark conservation stories from the past year.
Brian Switek Brian Switek is a freelance science writer specializing in evolution, paleontology, and natural history. His blog Laelaps is part of the Phenomena "science salon" at National Geographic. Brian's new book - My Beloved Brontosaurus: On the Road with Old Bones, New Science, and Our Favorite Dinosaurs - has just been published by Scientific American/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. His critically acclaimed debut - Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature - is available through Bellevue Literary Press and Icon Books.
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Dr. John Yong's Guides to mangroves, mistletoes and ferns
A Bit of Behavioral Ecology
LEARN FROM NATURE
MYRMECOS - Insect Photography - Insect Pictures
Dinosaur Tracking Blog - Where Paleontology Meets Pop Culture
The economics of science blogging. « A Bit of Behavioral Ecology
Deep-Sea News
The Bug Geek
Time to tweet : Naturejobs
The Bug Whisperer
Scientists & Social Media; A Popular Subject » Biodiversity in Focus Blog
Oso El Economista: THE EVIL SCIENCE | Osopolitico's Blog
Science communication? I wish it were that easy… « A Bit of Behavioral Ecology
On Naïveté Among Scientists Who Wish to Communicate | EvoEcoLab
Information exchange (and stuff, too) via social media « The Bug Geek
News from the Field
Nature Blog Network - The Toplist for Every Species of Nature Blog
The ICCS Year-Round Cleanups at Tanah Merah East « News from the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
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Octopus Chronicles: Adventures and Discoveries with the Planet's Smartest Cephalopods | Scientific American Blog Network
The Fig Tree Forum.
The Eco Effect | Sustainability in a Changing World
Shades of Grey
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The Naturephile | Wildlife encounters out and about in the UK
The annotated budak
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