: which area or areas of scientific research do you think are going to bring about the next major changes to our current view of the universe?
I think it’s really difficult to say, but I bet on neuroscience.
Anonymous: Why can't we make more freshwater?
We can, but it’s not economical.
: I noticed you posted a quote by Daniel Kahneman recently. Have you read his newest book, Thinking Fast and Slow? If so, what were your thoughts on it? If not, are you planning to?
I didn’t read it yet, but I want to. The fact that he’s psychologist and that he was awarded with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work in psychology, is something that makes Daniel Kahneman a hero for me.
: Your blog is amazing and inspiring! How long have you been keeping it? What's the thing you like most about blogging?
I like about blogging that it fosters my laziness so that I don’t need to go out to interact with someone…
: Thoughts on extrasensory preception?
Extrasensory perception (or ESP) is (is supposed to be) the reception of information not gained through the physical senses but sensed directly with the mind. So, supporters of ESP conceive the mind (and its faculties) as not only separated, but indipendent from the brain and in general the body. I find this idea absurd per se, but many researchers in the field of parapsychology (a pseudoscience that “studies” paranormal psychic phenomena) have explored ESP.
Notably in 2011, the renowned Journal of Personality and Social Psychology published a study that claimed to have found statistically significant results supporting the existence of procognition and premonition.
Aside from proving once again that editors can be idiots, the fact that a study like this exists and can be published should be a warning sign for researchers in the field of psychology: with proper motivation we can find statistically significant results about anything.
Anyway, to be brief (I should get ready to go to work), I don’t think extrasensory perception exists, and I don’t think it could exist either, because we live in a Universe with some rules, and ESP supporters claim things like: “effects occurring before the causal stimulus” (precognition/premonition). This simply can’t happen.
Anonymous: Any opinions on the updates for the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders?
Another (I suppose is another) follower sent me an email some days ago asking if I could comment it, but I didn’t have time. Later today I’ll try to post something, I promise.
: phet. colorado. edu has some fun simulations. i like build a molecule and energy skate park.
I’ve browsed that site sometimes, it’s fun indeed.
I’ve tried Google Analytics for some times, for what I can understand it works well, but I don’t really see the point of knowing how many people hit this blog per day.
I’ve tried Klout too, in fact I’ve checked my email a minute ago and there was this notification: “Klout believes you are influential in Conferences.”
Conferences? I don’t think it works that well.
And by the way, I don’t think the number of followers is a good indicator either.
Anonymous: Just curious about big blogs like yours! How much unique visitors do you get a month? How many people are following you on Tumblr? How famous is your blog?
Right now there are about 32000 people following this blog. I don’t know how many visitors per month this blog have.
How do you measure fame? I’d say scipsy is a moderately popular blog on Tumblr if you look just to its niche: science. But “outside” I doubt that you could call this blog famous.
: Hey! I recently joined Tumblr from wordpress to see how it looks and feels. I'm gonna blog about Science, Tech, Photography, and a bit of electronic circuitry(no news). goals-to meet like-minded people, to get a bit of fame, to make friends and to showcase my talents. Here, most people just reblog everything, no original posts. I seldom see a good blogger in Science or Robots column. I'm in the middle of serious & casual blogging. Is Tumblr for me? Is it for Science authors who want to discuss??
Maybe. Personally I’d like to see more original posts, but as you noted Tumblr is mostly a “sharing-what-I-find-interesting" kind of thing. This doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to start interesting discussions, but it’s not easy. Well, to be fair it’s not easy in traditional blog platforms like wordpress either. I guess mostly depends on your ability to generate interesting content (and interest in them).