The Power and Promise of Citizen Science

By Sheldon Greaves, Ph.D. Ocean Sanctuaries 11 December 2017 (Download PDF) A recent essay[1] by Philip Mirowski has caught the attention of the Citizen Science community, by raising some trenchant questions despite several questionable assertions and assumptions about the Citizen … Continue reading

Fox News Prepared the Battlefield for Russia’s Propaganda War

Valery Vasilyevich Gerasimov

By Sheldon Greaves Edited with additional links and for clarity, 02 Oct. 2017. Each week brings more details (also here) about the tremendous scope and sophistication of Russian efforts to hijack (“meddle” is far too gentle a term by this point) the U.S. 2016 … Continue reading

Experiencing the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017

By Sheldon Greaves I’ve always wanted to witness a real, live total solar eclipse, but never had the opportunity until one came waltzing through our back yard. In short, it was totally as cool as the hype suggested, perhaps moreso. … Continue reading

Books Received: Lay Intellectuals in the Carolingian World

By Sheldon Over the last few years I have been involved in a long-term experiment that concerns the role to be played by lay scholars in a local church community. This began back in 2009 when we were living in … Continue reading

Best Practices: On Marking Books

By Sheldon “A virgin book bears no offspring.” — Hasidic Proverb Continuing a theme I’ve been on for a while, which is a retro journey through the wonders of dead-tree format information storage. Allow me this one indulgence from that … Continue reading

Timothy Snyder’s “On Tyranny”

By Sheldon I just finished reading On Tyranny. Twenty Lessons From the Twentieth Century by Yale historian Timothy Snyder. It is a very important book that everyone who harbors anxiety about the future of the United States should read, and read … Continue reading

Reflections on Higher Education, ‘Safe Spaces’, and Fear

By Sheldon A cluster of articles on higher education has prompted some reflections on higher ed in America, where it’s going, where it’s been, and what may become of it. The first is from May of last year, a piece … Continue reading