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K. Kris Hirst

Tangled Bank #78

By April 25, 2007

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The Blog Carnival Tangled Bank is one of the longest running blog carnivals in science. Held every two weeks or so, the carnival mostly covers biological and anthropological sciences, of which archaeology is a small segment thereof. It is my honor to present TB#78.

Framing Science

The hottest topic in the last two weeks concerns a commentary titled Framing Science which appeared in Science magazine on April 6. Written by Matthew C. Nisbet and Chris Mooney, Framing Science argued that scientists should purposely frame their public discourse to fit their publics. In order to sway public opinion on issues such as global warming (or rather, climate change) and stem cell research, science should take a page from our opponents, and de-emphasize the technical data, placing the stories in cultural context. I get a little nostalgic because this discussion reminds me a little of the mass communications debates of the 1970s (Marshall McLuhan's The Medium is the Massage; Irving Rein's Rudy's Red Wagon, etc). And, hooray! fodder for lots of heated discussion amongst the bloggerati this last couple of weeks.

First, the primary documents: Now, the discussion:

Other Controversial Research


Animal Life

Sustainable Planet

Tyrannosaurus rex's tiny arms

Human Health


  • Alvaro on Sharp Brains submitted a new essay contest for high school students, consisting of 400-800 words and answering the questions, "Based on brain and mind research (within the past 5 years), How do we learn? and How can this new knowledge improve education and the lives of all people?" Admissions are due May 10, so get out your pencils.

Conferences and Festivals

Documenting Archaeology


And That's It

for Tangled Bank #78. Thanks everybody! The next Tangled Bank will be May 9th, 2007, and will be hosted by Epigenetics News. To submit an article for the next carnival, write host@tangledbank.net.


April 25, 2007 at 10:27 am
(1) Mike says:

That’s quite a round-up. Nicely done.

April 25, 2007 at 12:04 pm
(2) Jon says:

Yeah, nice round-up – thanks for that.

April 25, 2007 at 1:44 pm
(3) Greg Laden says:

Nice job! One of the better organized and easy to use editions. But of course, what else would we expect…!

April 25, 2007 at 6:04 pm
(4) Kristjan Wager says:

How come that I didn’t notice my mistake in the headline to my post until now? And now it’s too late to correct it.

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