"Algae specialists, long near the bottom of the biology food chain, are becoming the rock stars."

Bourne, National Geographic, Oct. 2007

Monday, February 6, 2012

Theory and Philosophy: Taking a Breather

Fortunately for my sanity, I have a wonderful blog-mentor and hero, Dragonfly Woman.  My entire semester so far (all three or four weeks of it) has been laden with theory and philosophy from the social sciences.  It is definitely a great learning experience and opportunity to stretch my brain, but every so often I need to come up for air!

Hence my maniac giggling as I write this post.  You see, Dragonfly Woman researches giant water bugs and she recently wrote an incredibly beautiful piece on their respiratory behaviors.  Respiratory behaviors...taking a breather...up for air...*snort*

All bad puns aside, DW's post is an excellent example of how scientists can include their creativity and humanity into a "scientific article" without losing credibility.

Once I get done reading Communicating Science by Gross, Harmon, and Reidy, I'll let you know into which century her blog style best fits.  I'm actually considering trying to write a paragraph from one of my own studies into the style of each century, just for the immersion experience.  I'll let you know how that goes...


  1. Ha ha! Be sure to let me know which century I fit into because I'd love to know. I am super wordy, so I'd bet early 20th century. I'm not Henry James or Nathaniel Hawthorne wordy, but for a modern scientist I use a lot of words. Of course, the actual paper sounds much more official than it does on my blog too. :)

    Still have your last two posts open in other tabs, but I haven't had a chance to comment on them yet. Someday I'll have time to actually do it...

  2. I hear ya! Sounds like that dissertation is well on its way, which is definitely what takes priority.