Issue 43

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.




The general level of writing skills amongst science students is often below standard. Many universities try to remedy this situation with extra courses. In “Writing Right”, Ingrid McLaren and Dale Webber from the University of the West Indies at Jamaica, describe results from a project based on a course given to students of Ecology. The background to the work involved a interdisciplinary collaboration between the Departments of Life Sciences, Language, Linguistics and Philosophy and the implementation of “Writing Across the Curriculum” strategies.


In “The perception of Conception”, Dietmar Höttecke, who is scientific Lead of the European project “History and Philosophy of Science in Teaching” (HIPST), sets out the importance of History and Philosophy of Science for science education.


In “Discipline-Culture Framework of Implementing The History and Philosophy of Science into Science Teaching”, Igal Galili, who is also involved in the HIPST project argues for the historical and cultural aspect of science under the term “Cultural Content Knowledge” to be emphasized in teaching science. This type of approach, according to Galili, reduces scientific misconceptions amongst students and helps demolish the widespread myth of teaching physics without philosophy.


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


Nigel Sanitt Editor

ISSN 1741-1572



Writing Right: Enhancing Student Engagement and Performance in an Ecology Course, Ingrid A. M. McLaren and Dale Webber

The perception of conception, Dietmar Höttecke

Discipline-Culture Framework of Implementing The History and Philosophy of Science into Science Teaching, Igal Galili

Book Review

La Science (n’)e(s)t (pas) l’art: Brèves rencontres,  Jean-Marc Levy-Leblond