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Question #70641 posted on 01/25/2013 10:46 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Language Log is a somewhat popular blog written by a bunch of legitimate linguists (i.e., people with PhDs who talk about/research language use for a living). This blog is really informative and helps keep me up to date and curious about various topics in linguistics.

Do you know of any blogs for other academic subjects with a similarly professional group of writers? Hard science to social sciences, whatever, I'd love to know of another resource to learn about various sciences from professionals casually and regularly.

-Mico

A:

Dear Mico,

You know, I never really realized how unique Language Log is until I tried to come up with some similarly credentialed academic blogs. A lot of cooking or design blogs I follow are written by professional chefs or professional designers, but while these blogs (or sometimes regular newspaper columns) have appropriately credentialed authors, they're usually not really academic. Bad Astronomy definitely fits the bill; its author has a PhD in astronomy and it's fun to read. Science-Based Medicine "is dedicated to evaluating medical treatments and products of interest to the public in a scientific light." It's written almost entirely by physicians, with occasional content from PhDs and pharmacists.

I looked for more blogs like Language Log for a while, but it kept seeming to me like most of the worthwhile academic blogs out there are either journalists just regurgitating science press releases or experts blogging about things that are so specialized as to be inaccessible to the general public. If readers know of accessible, well-written academic blogs, written by professionals in the field, feel free to submit a comment on this question.

- Eirene

posted on 02/08/2013 2:19 p.m.
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