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Research Blogging Awards 2010

I'd like to thank my my family, my cats, and especially my therapist... Yes, Epiphenom has won an award! It's a particularly satisfying one, because it's the Research Blogging Awards- with Epiphenom the winner in the Social Science/Anthropology category.

The Research Blogging Awards are voted for by fellow research bloggers, so it's doubly satisfying to win. You can listen to a podcast by Dave Munger and Joy More (of Seed Media, who are behind the awards) - and there's also a transcript if listening's not your thing.

There's $50 prize money, which I'll look to see if they can donate directly to a charity (rather than converting first to sterling). But which charity?

So here's a chance for readers! I'd like you to nominate/vote for a US charity that you think should get the cash. Not a humanist one - I'm thinking something like Médecins Sans Frontières or Oxfam (OK neither of them are US charities, but they have US affiliation). In other words, a secular charity working on an international scale.

By the way, congratulations to Ed Yong and Not Exactly Rocket Science, who's walked off with the $1000 award for the Research Blog of the year. It's a consistently excellent blog, and fully deserves the award!


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8 comments:

  1. Thanks Tom! I'm delighted to have found your blog through the awards.

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  2. I fully enjoy your blog and the award is well deserved.
    --Prof. F.-P. Gingras, Univ. of Ottawa, Canada

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  3. Congratulations! Yours is certainly the most important research blog in the scientific study of religion!

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  4. Congrats, Tom! You well deserved the award!

    And I would urge you to invest the price in a new and captivating book about a topic you had brushed on your blog, too:

    Eric Kaufmann, Shall the Religious inherit the Earth? Demography and Politics in the Twenty-First Century.

    I think you would love (and struggle with) it and posted a review on my English scilog:
    http://www.scilogs.eu/en/blog/biology-of-religion/2010-03-27/shall-the-religious-inherit-the-earth-new-book-by-eric-kaufmann

    Best wishes to your and your award-winning work! :-)

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  5. Yes, that's one book I'm looking forward to reading. You're right, the conclusions he reaches are uncomfortable (from my perspective, at least!), but I the reasoning seems sound. The devil will be in the detail, however - especially in the assumptions that are inevitable when predicting the future.

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  6. Yes, and I should add that Eric is writing from a stated, secular perspective. In Germany, the Berlin-Institut für Bevölkerung und Entwicklung testet the religion-demography link and found it supported, too.
    http://www.chronologs.de/chrono/blog/natur-des-glaubens/allgemein/2010-03-25/glaube-macht-und-kinder-das-berlin-institut-f-r-bev-lkerung-und-entwicklung-zu-demografie-und-religion

    And a question about youzr inquiry regarding a charity. Why don't take one promoting education and sciences? There's definitely need for that one and it would suit your (award-winning) blog activities!

    Best wishes, Michael

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  7. Michael that's a great suggestion. I'll take a look to see what's out there.

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