Re: Credibility of SciAm?

Michael M. Butler (butler@comp*
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 21:07:34 -0800

We started losing it 20 years ago or more.

It's a pity, but I think it's a fact.

I find your tale of learning English with SciAm as an aid very touching.

I'm glad it was better back then! :)


At 01:05 PM 2/25/98 +0100, you wrote:
>Apropos the question that came up about the credibility of New
>Scientist, I have begun to worry about Scientific American. I have
>read it for as long as I have been able to read texts in english
>(actually longer, I learnt some of my english from trying to read my
>father's copies as a child), but recently I have begun to feel there
>is a downward trend in quality. The new, glossier format with larger
>and more colorful pictures is just one sign. Then there were the
>infamous article about nanotechnology, and now history seems to be
>repeating. Apparently the pro and con articles on the merits of animal
>use in biomedical research were judged on different criteria (in favor
>of the con side), allowing some unsubstantiated claims with no
>opportunity for the opponents to respond. See
> for
>their response, published in HMS Beagle.
>Are there any others who are disturbed by the trend in Scientific
>American? Are we loosing one of the in the past best popular
>scientific journals to a mere journal of opinion?
>Anders Sandberg Towards Ascension!
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