Weekend Edition: 1-11

Interesting Reading in the Interweb Tubes

  • Distinguishing Science From Nonsense (“Children are not going to flourish at science in a society that treats science either as something you can believe in selectively, something that is simply one point of view, or something about which anyone can have a credible opinion no matter how ill-qualified, dumb, or misinformed.”)
  • The Decline and Fall of the Book Reviewing Empire (“According to [an NYT op-ed], readers are on the internet in the millions, but…well, they’re just recommending books to each other without any academic or professional credits whatsoever. It’s appalling, these filthy commoners just saying to each other “you might like to read this” like they’re allowed.

Lawsuit of the Week

  • A British woman sued her divorce lawyers, claiming they should have made it clear a divorce would end her marriage

Sad Societal Commentary of the Week

  • An Australian has developed a bullet-proof bookcase to protect children caught in any future school gun attacks in the U.S.

Blog Headline of the Week

Bookish Linkage

Nonbookish Linkage

It is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring.

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World

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