Issue 40

Mindboggling: Preliminaries to a science of the mind   by Roy Harris.  Do you have a mind?  Answers to this question have divided Western thinkers for centuries, and still do.  Mindboggling sets out to identify a nucleus of basic issues about the mind, and present the main arguments for and against in each case.  Targeted to a lay readership, each chapter discusses a different theory, myth or idea about the mind.  Anticipate wails from theorists whose theories have been given short shrift.  Mindboggling is available on Amazon, from Bookshops or direct from Publishers.


Science on Television by Bienvenido León.

The book is a clear and systematic guide to the narrative and rhetorical techniques used by science documentary filmmakers. The book is priced at £18.50, but for direct orders we are offering a 20% discount.


Motivating Science is a collection of articles from the first five years of The Pantaneto Forum.  We are offering a 20% discount for direct orders.




With this issue of the Pantaneto Forum we celebrate ten years.  At four issues per year, the present issue, number 40, is part of a sequence which includes more than 150 articles from authors all over the world.  The threads running through this diverse list are science communication, philosophy and education.  The interaction between these disciplines have for far too long in the past been viewed separately and independently.  The raison d’être of the Forum is to break down the barriers that isolate science from thought.  There isn’t room here to thank individually all those who have helped me in this enterprise.  My thanks go to all the contributors, editors, referees and readers.  I couldn’t have managed without the help of family members, especially my wife.  Also, to all our well-wishers (and critics) – please keep the e-mails coming.


According to Philip Adey there is a “general intellectual processing mechanism” which can be applied across all learning.  Adey and his group have applied what they term “cognitive acceleration” to science teaching.  In “Thinking in Science – Thinking in General?” Adey explains and elaborates how his ideas are implemented in teaching students higher order thinking skills.


In “From Max Ernst to Ernst Mach”, Mike King focuses on these two eminent representatives of Art and Science.  King’s aim is to analyse the practices and contrasting epistemologies of both men in their respective fields.


According to Daniel Longo “advertising is not only an art, but also a science”.  In “Tobacco advertising and the art and science of persuasion”, he surveys the scene of how, within the strictures of the law, the tobacco companies try to create and sustain smokers through the application of “a very sophisticated science of advertising”.


Interdisciplinary research and teaching is one of the core principles of the Pantaneto Forum.  In “How and Why to Teach Interdisciplinary Research Practice”, Rick Szostak highlights the importance of interdisciplinary research as well as giving a guide as to how such ideas can be incorporated into the education curriculum.


The proceedings of the Science Matters conference, which we reported in Issue 28, October 2007, have just been published and are available from the publishers – World Scientific.


Nigel Sanitt Editor

ISSN 1741-1572



Thinking in Science – Thinking in General?, Philip Adey

From Max Ernst to Ernst Mach, Mike King

Tobacco advertising and the art and science of persuasion, Daniel R. Longo

How and Why to Teach Interdisciplinary Research Practice, Rick Szostak