Announcing the 2011 Science Smackdown

Are you a fan of science? Do you like one science more than the others? Are you a person who loves statistics and have been looking for a opportunity to declare it in the face of all these arrogant biologists and astronomers? Now’s your chance!

Starting the morning of July 27, I will be posting a series of head-to-head matchups of different sciences. You will have time to vote for the one you prefer out of each matchup. We will whittle it down round by round until we have a champion.

I’ve created a list of 64 sciences, broken roughly into the following four categories:

  • Life sciences: biology, zoology, various medical sciences
  • Earth & physical sciences: geology, physics, climatology
  • Social & Behavioral sciences: anthropology, sociology, linguistics
  • Pseudosciences or, technically, “bullshit sciences”: astrology, dianetics, graphology

I’m not given to hyperbole, but this will be the greatest matchup of the sciences since Galileo had to chose between astronomy and WhateverThePopeSaysology.

Now, this is obviously not an exhaustive list of all the sciences and all their subdisciplines. I did not mean to alienate anyone, but I had to make some hard choices. For example, botany is on the list, which I think we can all agree is a legitimate science. However, ichthyology is not on the list. Why does studying plants make the cut but studying fish does not? Is somehow studying a daisy more interesting than studying a shark?

Of course not. But I know how to spell “botany” without looking it up.

If your particular favorite is not included, I recommend rolling it up to the next broader category. For you fish people, that might mean a vote for zoology. Of course, you can always lodge a protest vote for astrology. If you are passionate about defending your science kink, drop in a comment. Remember that I can be bought.

Pick your teams. Be ready to vote. Tell everyone you know. Use the links to the right to follow me on Facebook and Twitter and be alerted when the matchups are posted.

Let’s be careful out there.

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