Our hearts and prayers are with all those affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. There are two excellent disaster relief organizations affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Both are heading to Oklahoma right now to support the recovery efforts there. If you would like to support their efforts, you can find more information here: (http://disasterreliefeffort.org/) and here: (http://www.churchesofchristdrt.org/)
Monday, May 20, 2013
[HT: Justin Taylor]
David Berlinski, a philosopher and mathematician who is agnostic about God and does not speculate on the origins of life, is the author of The Devil’s Delusion: Atheism and its Scientific Pretensions (2011).
I recently reviewed this book in Touchstone magazine. It was an interesting read and you can check out my review of it here.
Monday, April 29, 2013
(HT: JT) Books & Culture editor John Wilson interviews Union University philosophy professor Gregory Alan Thornbury about his new book Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. Henry (Crossway, 2013).
Posted by Matthew Dowling at 12:08 PM
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
So, a realization today: Twitter is much, MUCH, more interesting once you set aside the pressing need to say something on Twitter and just start just listening. David Carr of the NYT brought this to my attention on last night's episode of Charlie Rose. Once you realize that you have a chance to subscribe to the leading people in your field and watch them chatting away about what they're reading and thinking about moment by moment...and that you get to spy on it all...then you realize the genius of Twitter.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Monday, April 8, 2013
The New York Times has an interesting article on the increasing prevalence of essentially fake conference and journals, which exist to make money off of naive scientists:
Read the rest of the story and beware.The scientists who were recruited to appear at a conference called Entomology-2013 thought they had been selected to make a presentation to the leading professional association of scientists who study insects.But they found out the hard way that they were wrong. The prestigious, academically sanctioned conference they had in mind has a slightly different name: Entomology 2013 (without the hyphen). The one they had signed up for featured speakers who were recruited by e-mail, not vetted by leading academics. Those who agreed to appear were later charged a hefty fee for the privilege, and pretty much anyone who paid got a spot on the podium that could be used to pad a résumé.“I think we were duped,” one of the scientists wrote in an e-mail to the Entomological Society.Those scientists had stumbled into a parallel world of pseudo-academia, complete with prestigiously titled conferences and journals that sponsor them. Many of the journals and meetings have names that are nearly identical to those of established, well-known publications and events.Steven Goodman, a dean and professor of medicine at Stanford and the editor of the journal Clinical Trials, which has its own imitators, called this phenomenon “the dark side of open access,” the movement to make scholarly publications freely available.The number of these journals and conferences has exploded in recent years as scientific publishing has shifted from a traditional business model for professional societies and organizations built almost entirely on subscription revenues to open access, which relies on authors or their backers to pay for the publication of papers online, where anyone can read them.