Weekly Roundup

Tom Peace at ActiveHistory writes about public engagement in archaeology. Of particular interest is the public archaeology program at Fortress Louisbourg National Historic Site that encourages active participation in digs.

Nature and Scientific American report on their global survey on attitudes towards science and scientists (also here) which purports to investigate cultural differences among “scientifically literate” respondents from various countries, and suggests (surprise!) that being scientifically informed does not necessarily mean sharing scientists’ views.

Andrew Dobson at openDemocracy weighs in on what makes a good climate-change novel. (Hint: “There must be lots of weather – preferably wild and wet.”)

iRobot: People now telecommute by robot.

Wildlife filmmaker and producer Chris Palmer spills the beans about widespread industry fakery in a new tell-all book; despite our continued trust in nature shows, by now this should come as no surprise.…

Weekly Roundup

Anthony Gottlieb writes on (via) what philosophers of science call the “pessimistic induction“, scientists’ unwillingness to acknowledge fallibility, and what we should make of it.

Paul B. Thompson challenges the “standard narrative” of GE crops, which claims they were uncontroversially accepted in the United States but faced vigorous opposition in Europe.

Kalman Applbaum has a review of Carl Elliott’s White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine, which centers on interviews of disillusioned pharmaceutical industry researchers.

Roger Pielke, Jr. discusses a recent study on how people react to experts and scientific consensus based on “cultural considerations”.

Margaret Munro reports on the Canadian government’s “muzzling” of scientists.

Billionaires from Kansas bankroll effort to derail greenhouse gas legislation in California.…