Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Now accepting submissions through Facebook

BlogCarnival.com continues to be down, so I am hereby officially discontinuing the use of it for submissions to CoE. Instead, people are encouraged to submit via the Facebook page CarnyEvolution.

The next host will be listed with links to their blog and a Twitter handle, if they have one. If you post a comment with a URL to a blog-post that you have written, or that someone else have written, about evolution, it will be included in the forthcoming edition (always at the discretion of the host).

I very much hope that this system will work well enough that CoE won't die an agonizing death like so many other science blog carnivals.

Our host for May is E. E. Giorgi at Chimeras, and she tweets @eegiorgi.

The June edition will be hosted by Adam M Golstein @eeoblogger.

If you would like to host, email me at bjorn@bjornostman.com. (Check out the hosting guidelines.)

Saturday, April 12, 2014

We have a host for May 1st CoE

E. E. Giorgi is hosting the next Carnival of Evolution at Chimeras.

You can submit posts on evolution (even ones you didn't write) by linking to them in the comments here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CoE #70 the Game of Evolution at Synthetic Daisies

The Game of Evolution is Carnival of Evolution #70. It is up on Bradly Alicea's blog Synthetic Daisies. I swear!

We need someone to host May 1st. BlogCarnival.com is down again, so we need to stop relying on it. That also means that it will be more of the job of the host to scour blogs to find suitable posts for the carnival. Are you up for that, then send an email to bjorn@bjornostman.com.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

#69 at Lab Rat

The 69th Carnival of Evolution is up at Shuna Gould's Lab Rat.

Which is great. So great.

But the problem is that BlogCarnival.com is "temporarily" down, and has been for close to a week. I don't know anything about when it will be up, of ever, and since it is the site we use to keep track of hosts and submissions, that does present a problem.

Does anyone have a better idea? Any other way to collect submissions?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Nope, it's out now: CoE #68

I lied. The February edition is out now: Carnival of Evolution, February 2014 Edition.

February edition on the 10th

The February edition of Carnival of Evolution has been postponed to February 10th. Hosts are people with jobs, and this is just a blog-carnival.

Iddo Friedberg will host on his blog, Byte Size Biology. You can submit the usual places:
BlogCarnival.com (login required).
Facebook, by posting URL to page.
Email host directly.

Friday, January 3, 2014

CoE #67 at The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks

Carnival of Evolution, No. 67 — Wallace centenary edition has been posted at The Genealogical World of Phylogenetic Networks. Thanks to David Morriosn for hosting.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Dr. CoE #66 on Evolving Thoughts

Good news! The sixtysixth edition of the Carnival of Evolution is up on John Wilkins' blog Evolving Thoughts: The Day of the Doctor of Evolution: CoE #66. Yeah!

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Doctor who?

Knock knock.
Who's there?
Yes! How did you know?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

CoE #65 on Pharyngula

PZ Myer is hosting CoE #65 on Pharyngula: The Horror Host Edition.

Next month's is at John Wilkins' Evolving Thoughts.

Friday, October 25, 2013

CoE #64 up at Reconciliation Ecology

With some delay, our Carnival survives October with an edition at Madhusudan Katti's blog, Reconciliation Ecology: Carnival of Evolution: a better late than never edition cabinet of curiousities

In addition to, of course, naming the bloggers, people who actually made sure specific posts would be included in CoE are also named. Thanks to all (actually, the few) people who dared the login at BlogCarnical.com (which is actually quite a smooth registration and login), or who posted to the Facebook page, or sent email directly to the host or to me.

Monday, September 2, 2013

CoE 63 at EvoAnth

The Carnival of Evolution: Eclectic September edition is posted at EvoAnth by Adam Benton.

Adam chose to list the names of the people who submitted the posts, rather than those who wrote them. Perhaps this will make a few people realize that for CoE to keep running, someone has to make sure posts are submitted.

Next month is at Madhusudan Katti's Reconciliation Ecology.

Friday, August 16, 2013

We have hosts for the next three months

After much yelling we have now procured CoE hosts for the next three months:

Sep 01, 2013EvoAnth
Oct 01, 2013Reconciliation Ecology
Nov 01, 2013Pharyngula


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

We have a host, but we need a host

Great news. Madhusudan Kati (Reconciliation Ecology) has volunteered to host an edition of CoE. Alas, semester starts in September, so he has asked not to do it then, but will instead host in October.

Do we have anyone who could host #63 in September?

Several people have voiced concerns about what gets into CoE, and suggested that perhaps the reason that the diminished interest in submitting to CoE results from too many submissions that aren't really about evolution (just mentioning the word is of course not enough) or are pseudoscientific or too controversial. An example of the latter is a couple of posts submitted by David Peters, who allegedly are on the fringe about Pterosaur evolution. You can read a post by Darren Naish here explaining what the problem is.

I welcome such discussions, but emphasize that it should be made clear when people disagree. I think this should be obvious when blogging about science in general, but when the blogger in question doesn't explain this, the CoE host should do their best to bring it to attention. This would be easy when submissions come from Uncommon Descent, but not equally so in some other cases. To that extent I sincerely hope that knowledgable readers will post-review by commenting on the blog in question.

Any other suggestions?

Monday, August 5, 2013

How to deal with potential junk science bloggers?

I received this email from a CoE reader. My reply is below. Does this seem reasonable to you?

> This is the second C of E to feature a post from the Pterosaur Heresies [http://pterosaurheresies.wordpress.com], a junk science site. Is there any screening going on here? Could we see posts from Uncommon Descent in future editions?

The screening we have is reliant on the host. The host reads all submissions and ultimately decides what is in and what is out. The guideline is simply that it must be about evolution, not that it be factually correct or far from the fringe. Yes, there is nothing inherently wrong with including posts from UD, but none has been submitted.

I was not familiar with this blog before. I see that people disagree strongly about the things discussed there, and you may well be right that David Peters is crazy, but I don't think that should deter us from reading it. It would great if the CoE host could point out that there is a discussion going on, and that most people think David Peters is wrong, for example. I will add something to this effect in the CoE instructions before next month.


P.S. We need hosts. Would you be interested?