Galileo's Middle Finger

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    Mar 24, 2015 8:36 PM GMT
    A catchy title, if somewhat presumptuous of these sociologists to compare themselves to Galileo. Anyway, this woman - who is a well-known activist for intersex rights - received a Guggenheim fellowship to write this book about what happens to scientists who's work has somehow offended activists. The same thing happens in the hard sciences. For example, to those of us wading through the morass of "ecology" the religion, trying to keep a bit of ecology the science afloat.

    Anyhow, I just downloaded the book. It could be fun.
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    http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/42262/title/Stirring-the-Pot/
    http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/42399/title/Book-Excerpt-from-Galileo-s-Middle-Finger/

    Oddly enough, while googling the book image, I came across this fun fact: Apparently you can actually go see Galileo's middle finger, in a museum in Florence... icon_eek.gif

    http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/galileos-middle-finger
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    Mar 24, 2015 9:04 PM GMT
    The Florence museum thing is interesting. I remember reading somewhere that there are enough pieces of the cross that Christ was crucified on in various museums and churches in Europe that you could build a house with them. There are also many places that claim to have various and sundry bones of the apostles.
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    Mar 24, 2015 9:13 PM GMT
    There was a nooz story in just the last couple of days about people sifting through the dirt under an old church, trying to recover bone fragments that might have belonged to Cervantes. The only thought that I could come up with was "why?"

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    Mar 25, 2015 2:18 AM GMT
    Maybe to give him a proper plaque or whatever. They used to bury rich people and aristocrats in the church in Europe. It's weird; you're walking around in the church and there are these engravings on the floor and that section of the floor has someone buried under it. It's a church and a crypt, all in one.
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    Mar 25, 2015 8:08 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidMaybe to give him a proper plaque or whatever. They used to bury rich people and aristocrats in the church in Europe. It's weird; you're walking around in the church and there are these engravings on the floor and that section of the floor has someone buried under it. It's a church and a crypt, all in one.


    You don't have to go to Europe either. The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis IX, King of France in New Orleans has a number of bodies of former archbishops and dignitaries beneath the floor of the sanctuary.