South Africa needs science and South Africa needs prominent scientific voices. Unfortunately, like the media in much of the rest of the world, South Africa's media is not nearly welcoming enough to the skeptical and scientific views of the world. Luckily, we have great examples from the United States and elsewhere of how self-publication through blogs can affect public discourse, promoting science and acting as a counterweight to indifference, ignorance, and gullibility. However, unlike our comrades elsewhere, South African science bloggers are unconnected and not organized. I propose to change that...
Here are some suggestions. (Please let me know what you think of these and whether you'd be interested in participating. Also, other ideas are more than welcome).
- We need to keep in contact with each other - we're a small community right now, so we can all read each other's blogs, contact each other and so on. This will allow us to coordinate and react to developments particularly relevant to South Africa.
- We need to promote each other's blogs: I think we ought to create a South African Science Blogroll that we can put on our respective pages. (A bit like the Atheist Blogroll, but much smaller).
- A monthly South African science / skepticism blog carnival would be a great way to draw traffic and promote our cause.
Things you can do: firstly, if you are a South African science or skeptical blogger, let me know via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by commenting on this post. Secondly, spread the word - please blog about this initiative and link to this page. Lastly, contribute your ideas: let's have a public discussion about how best we can coordinate our activities and support one another.
South African science blogs I know about other than my own:
- George Claassen's Prometheus Unbound.
- Simon Halliday's Amanuensis (because economists also count).
- Doctor Spurt's Effortless Incitement.
- Owen Swart's 01 and the universe.
- Michael & Stephen's Irreverence.
- Darthfishy's Yet Another Sceptic's Blog.
- Skeptic Detective's The Skeptic Detective.
- Schrodingers Goldfish's subtle shift in emphasis.
- Pickled Bushman's Pickled Bushman.