Friday, March 13, 2009


  1. Karin Evans in Greater Good: Arts and Smarts: At a time when educators are preoccupied with standards, testing, and the bottom line, some researchers suggest the arts can boost students' test scores; others aren't convinced. Karin Evans asks, What are the arts good for?

    By the way, the Winter 2009 issue of Greater Good has several articles on psychology of the arts. Those of you with kids might want to check out Everyday art: Six steps for boosting kids' creativity by Christine Carter.

  2. Harry Collins: We cannot live by scepticism alone: Scientists have been too dogmatic about scientific truth and sociologists have fostered too much scepticism — social scientists must now elect to put science back at the core of society.

  3. Gardiner Harris in NYTimes: Doctor Admits Pain Studies Were Frauds, Hospital Says.

    In what may be among the longest-running and widest-ranging cases of academic fraud, one of the most prolific researchers in anesthesiology has admitted that he fabricated much of the data underlying his research, said a spokeswoman for the hospital where he works.

    The researcher, Dr. Scott S. Reuben, an anesthesiologist in Springfield, Mass., who practiced at Baystate Medical Center, never conducted the clinical trials that he wrote about in 21 journal articles dating from at least 1996, said Jane Albert, a spokeswoman for Baystate Health.

    Do check out Janet Stemwedel's commentary on this case in her Adventures in Ethics and Science blog.


  1. Anonymous said...

    Actually the efficacy of any education system should also be evaluated minus its ability to produce professionals such as doctors, engineers and scientists. You can't run a society by just these people. A critical mass of good people in other branches such as Arts is also required for a healthy society.