Skepchick Quickies 11.21

It’s not Cute Animal Friday yet, and this doesn’t count as history, but if you haven’t seen this adorable red panda cub freaking out, it’ll make your morning a little better.One more piece of awesome news: our own Debbie Goddard was recently named CFI’s Director of Outreach! Huge congrats to her!

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. November 21, 2012 at 9:40 am —

    Does the Schrodinger figure come with a cat?

  2. November 21, 2012 at 1:24 pm —

    I would totally buy a bunch of those action figures but what a let down that there is no Kepler or Hypatia.

  3. November 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm —

    Yes, the Rolling Stones and others might have/do affect a less “English”/”American” way of singing, but not only is that not universal (the Kinks immediately come to mind, or I mean, “Penny Lane”? come on.), it goes both ways, for example, The Killers. The only band I can think of that always sounds really, really American accented (off the top of my head) is R.E.M.

  4. November 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm —

    Ugh, my first thought when seeing the “heroes” of science was, where’s the women? My second thought was where’s the people of color?

    I did go to the artist’s deviantart page and read his explanation, which honestly didn’t explain a whole lot. His reason for lack of women? He had models for men in suits, so it was easier to do men (not the first time I’ve heard that excuse), and after he did Curie, he wasn’t “confident” enough to do another woman. No explanation for the lack of people of color.

    Also, he claims that only scientists who were alive in the 20th century were considered. If that’s true, then a lot more women and people of color should be on the list because they were actually “allowed” to do science. But of course, it’s also a list of “recognizable” scientists (but I don’t recognize them all) so, we can’t put unknowns on, because no one recognizes them. So if they never get put on these lists, they’ll never get recognizable, so when people put together more recognizable people lists, these people don’t get put on. It’s a vicious cycle.

    • November 22, 2012 at 12:57 am —

      I think Sally Ride was pretty recognizable. And George Washington Carver. Diane Fossey. Jane Goodall. Stephen Chu (maybe not AS famous, but he did win a Nobel Prize and was the U.S. Secretary of Energy). It’s good to keep pointing this stuff out in his comments…maybe he’ll learn something.

  5. November 21, 2012 at 3:07 pm —

    re: Heroes of Science action figures – Marie Curie must be getting tired of being the token woman.

    • November 21, 2012 at 5:10 pm —

      Because someone else will post it if I don’t:

      She is.

    • November 21, 2012 at 6:25 pm —


      You’d think he could have actually made use of some other people’s research, such as the Dignifying Science book, with several background story bits about women in science, including Marie Curie, Rosalind Franklin, Hedy Lamarr…

  6. November 21, 2012 at 6:52 pm —

    In the Trevell Coleman story, both the author and most commenters get the point precisely backward.

    Coleman, and his victim were both brought to their crossroads by their drug use. Coleman did not use because of his crime, he threw away his education, his family, his children and his avocation in music because drugs were more important to him. Even when he ‘knew better’ he kept using.

    This is what addiction is about. Addicts and drunks do crazy things because they are crazy. I used to be just about that crazy myself. No lurid crimes etc. but if a sane person had ONE of my hangovers, they would never drink again.

    Under the circumstances, prison may have been his best move. From the sound of things, his victim’s step-brother won’t be so fortunate.

  7. November 22, 2012 at 10:08 am —

    The “Hereos of Science” was pretty cool.
    I do agree that more women should’ve been included.
    I wonderd “Where’s Carolyn Porco?”
    Perhaps there should be multiple series (i.e, Scienc Heroes Series 1, Science Hereos Series 2, ect), so that new figures can be added. And also have input given for consideration of who to include.

    The declaration for “Killer Karaoke” being the only show we should watch with our grandmothers is funny, given that my grandmother watches shows like “Law and Order: SVU” and “NCIS” (which I no longer watch, thanks to PauleyP).

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