- excerpts from Radical Ecology by Carolyn Merchant.
- A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century by Donna Haraway (she's an awesome thinker and amazing writer - with a wicked sense of humour - though her writing does necessitate an awful lot of attention)
- The Promises of Monsters: A Regenerative Politics for Inappropriate/d Others by Donna Haraway
- How to Think About Science - CBC Ideas (this 14-part series of one-hour audio shows are simply awesome - i've loved Ideas since havng listened to it starting in the 80s. This series has really struck me in many ways. The episode on Margaret Locke - see next link - is simply amazing in the way it links thinking about diversity with medical research and knowledge).
- Margaret Locke - CBC Ideas Special Series How To Think About Science episode 3 (listening to this episode i was reminded of taking a course in 1978 with Margaret Locke. It was the most interesting course i took at McGill that year and i wondered what i would be doing now if i had stuck with that domain of study. The funny thing is that it occurred to me that, given Margaret Locke's thought, i would likely still be in the same place i am now as a human rights activist, popular educator and all-around trouble-maker).
Saturday, February 07, 2009
I just tripped across this Crowd-Sourced Reading List which is worth spending some time with. It's ostensibly about writing ab out science, but there's more to the collection than that, of course. It includes some of my faves like Stephen Jay Gould (i hope when i grow up i can write like him), David Quammen (who Matt & Sally have turned me onto), Oliver Sacks (who's simply too brilliant and kind to be human - he must have been sent here to make us smarter) , and more. All the links are to works that are available on-line. While Carl Zimmer (the blogger who compiled the list) notes some lacks in the list, he fails to note the quickly obvious absence of women writers. One of the comments asks about Rachel Carson and i've looked myself for some link to her published work, but i cannot find anything. However, here's a few pieces that i think are worth including by some of my favourite writers: