The Penguin Scientific

About this Blog


Here’s the scientific penguin that the title of this blog refers to. The one who comes across the researchers in the Antarctic and says, “Yes, I would like to science please.”

I would like to science too (and I have no problem using the word “science” as a verb). I don’t have all the training, though. I’m not a scientist or a researcher. I took a number of science courses in college, but that was far too many years ago for me to have retained anything useful.

So when it comes to science, I really have no formal training or career. My undergraduate degree is in Philosophy. I studied at UC Davis, where I did focus on the history and philosophy of science and symbolic logic (with some forays into the philosophy of religion, but that’s a different blog). I’m an amateur.

What I do have, though, is a love for science, the scientific method and process, the cosmos that it reveals to us. I don’t have a single area that I’m interested in more than others, so I expect this blog will be scattered and eclectic for a time until I figure out what I’m doing.

Right now my guide for how to make this blog work is Science Blogging: The Essential Guide, edited by Christie Wilcox, Bethany Brookshire, and Jason G. Goldman. I’ve also got a couple of  other books on science writing that I’m hoping will help me hone the tools and craft of science communication.

So please read, comment, and enjoy.

[Side note: I also write fiction. You can find out more about me and that area of my life on my main blog, Bloginomicon.]