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Replied by James Gover on 04/13/2017 - 10:19
The attachment covers my thoughts on how organizations representing scientists to the political community should function. Does anyone have any suggestions where this might be published.  The WSJ chose to not use it.jimOn Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 1:44 PM, Glenn Hampson <> wrote:Absolutely agreed Ross. But we also need to be aware that what we in the science community have a particularly unique disdain for hyperbole and exaggeration---so much so that our caution can often get in the way of... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/13/2017 - 10:36
Speaking of mainstream media articles Jim, Benoit, Bob---did you see this one in today’s NYT? It’s a brief but interesting glimpse at the world of anti-science shadow truths (specifically with regard to conservative Christian communities)---relevant insofar as understanding exactly what science communication is up against.  Glenn HampsonExecutive DirectorNational Science Communication Institute (nSCI)Program DirectorOpen Scholarship Initiative (OSI)  2320 N 137th Street | Seattle, WA 98133(206) 417-3607 |... [Read more]  
Replied by James Gover on 04/13/2017 - 13:06
Glenn,I had not seen this article, but I was reared in a rural Southern Baptist church, so I have experienced this life.  I like to joke that my childhood ministers liked to give sermons about the evils of booze because there wasn't anyone in the audience that were booze consumers for lots of reasons: access was 50 miles away, choice, cost,  social stigma, lack of time because everyone worked on the farm from 6AM to 6PM then did the chores, e.g., milk cows, gather eggs, etc. My wife is encouraging me to write a book about my early life.jimOn Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 3:36 PM, Glenn Hampson... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/13/2017 - 12:42
I’ll buy a copy when it comes out! It is indeed so easy to demonize what we don’t understand or experience. Circling this thought back to science I guess (although the booze lectures sound a lot more entertaining), we do a lousy job of reaching out to communities everywhere---not just the conservative ones—to explain why science doesn’t need to be feared and how it touches their lives. Neil de Grasse Tyson is great, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Alan Alda, Carl Sagan and others, but when it comes to just explaining in a non-threatening way why evolution is real and so very awe inspiring,... [Read more]  
Replied by Frodeman, Robert on 04/13/2017 - 23:48
Hi Glenn,   The answer to your first question is straightforward: all of us are the arbiters of how much knowledge is to increase. It can’t be any other way—we have to set the budget at NIH, NSF, etc., at some level.   The second question – the limits to knowledge – was the subject of my 2014 book. The point, though, is becoming unavoidable. In the near term, the fact that funding has both positive and negative consequences (eg, NIH funded research contributing to the cost of healthcare) raises the question of whether we should continue with... [Read more]  
Replied by Coles, Eric (NIH/NHLBI) [E] on 04/14/2017 - 10:47
An additional to point to the conversation on scientific messaging: we’re fighting the ingrained story of a ‘lone’ tinkerer in a backroom coming up with a brilliant idea as much as anything else. We need a new ‘story’ of science that encapsulates the complexity of modern team-based discoveries. Too much of the public still thinks of the singular brilliant inventor, advancing science single-handedly.   In general, I would put more emphasis on a story or narrative that relates science to the public, in the same vein as ‘Strangers in their own land,’ a fascinating... [Read more]  
Posted by Brooke Struck on 04/14/2017 - 09:31
Hi Glenn, You asked for religious leaders not to stand in the way of science: ... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/14/2017 - 04:16
Hi Bob, It’s only 7:45 in the morning here---way too early to come up with a thoughtful reply. But in my under-caffeinated state, it does seem to me that you’re wrong on this. Who knows really?---this is just personal opinion stuff. But the limits of knowledge have always been assumed to be right around the corner throughout history. We just don’t know what we don’t know. Before the internal combustion engine took hold, city planners projected that urban areas would soon be drowning in horse manure and planned accordingly. Back in the 1970s I took a tour of IBM’s microchip plant in... [Read more]  
Replied by Glenn Hampson on 04/14/2017 - 04:40
Hi Brooke, It’s certainly a wonderful start isn’t it? Pope Francis is breaking new ground. But, of course, it takes time for change to happen and not every leader from every denomination is as ready as Francis. From the article:In fact, a recent survey of American beliefs by Chapman University found people in the U.S. remain deeply divided over the origins of human life. About 40 per cent of respondents said they believe God created humans as they are... [Read more]  

Posted by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/12/2017 - 10:29
Reading a fair number of blogs and postings about the Harris book Rigor Mortis for example see :  I am not writing to revisit the discussion on why so much of laboratory-based biomedical research fails to translate when tested against human disease – the reasons are not new and are well documented.   (Although it seems a relevant... [Read more]  
Replied by Holbrook, James on 04/13/2017 - 08:19
Susan,I think you're definitely right to suggest we ought to question the wisdom of calls for reproducibility.Sometimes, such calls are a symptom of what Steve Fuller has characterized as 'paradigmitis' -- the condition that results from an overdose of a Kuhnian description of scientific research, in which we all want to make sure our fields are recognized as every bit as 'mature' as physics.Sometimes, such calls seem to be a way to undermine the legitimacy of scientific... [Read more]  

Posted by Angelina Wangsha on 04/12/2017 - 09:42
Dear members,   Palgrave Communications (, the humanities and social sciences journal published by Palgrave Macmillan, is currently inviting article proposals and full papers for the following special issues. Authors who would like to submit a paper should contact the editorial office with details of their intended submission   Scientific Advice to Governments Editors: Sir... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/09/2017 - 22:35
There is a new article out in The Scholarly Kitchen.  It provides some insights as to how article sharing is taking place via the use of scholarly networks.  Although most academics don't pay too much attention to this, it does run right up against copyright issues. As such, it is something publishers are monitoring closely in order to protect that which they believe is theirs. Best, Steve Fiore Conference Chair, Science of Team Science 2017 June 12-14, Clearwater Beach, Floridahttp://www.... [Read more]  

Posted by Stephen Fiore on 04/08/2017 - 12:18
Hi Everyone - The evolution of the social sciences marches onward.  DARPA just announced a new call in their line of research supporting the development of new methods and tools for understanding humanity.  The new call is "Putting Social Science Modeling Through Its Paces" (  To put this in context, below is an email I sent last year.  In that one I was trying to connect some of what DARPA is pursuing with the... [Read more]  

Posted by James Gover on 04/08/2017 - 05:39
The title of this email is the title of an article in today's Wall Street Journal that some may find interesting.Thanks to all of you who provided comments, references and referrals on economic growth in Utah, the role of religion in economic growth and the role of private, non-profit organizations on medical research.  I am still working through these materials.jim [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/08/2017 - 13:05
Yes.  This is the same author and same book I posted about last week.  Serious discussion required.   Will it happen?Sent from my iPhone [Read more]  
Replied by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/08/2017 - 13:28
Yes.  This is the same author and same book I posted about last week.  Serious discussion required.   Will it happen?Sent from my iPhone [Read more]  

Posted by John Alic on 04/07/2017 - 04:09
From some w.i.p.: "In looking back on his work in physiology, Claude Bernard, one of the most distinguished scientists of the 19th century, wrote “I insisted on repeating experiments which insisted on responding … contrary to my views” (Holmes). Bernard’s “views” can be taken to stand for assumptions and theory. Over decades of research he persisted until either the experiments did correspond to his views, or, by far the more common case, what he found in the laboratory compelled an adjustment in views, sometimes a radical adjustment. “    On... [Read more]  

Posted by Susan Fitzpatrick on 04/06/2017 - 06:55
At the risk of appearing like a one-trick pony I am returning to the biomedical topic –relevant to our discussions:  I heard an interesting interview with NPR’s Richard Harris about his new and rather cleverly named book Rigor Mortis (     I am sure you can find the NPR interview and other bits about the book on line as it will make a big splash in the current climate.    Curiously, Harris seems to think that it is the... [Read more]