The Neurophilosopher has tagged me a thinking blogger (Thanks, Mo!). This is essentially a meme that doubles as a nomination scheme, to help reward blogs that foster intelligent discussions, make you stop and think, or otherwise bring interesting things to your attention that you might have otherwise missed.
The rules for participating in this are simple: (1) If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think; (2) Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme; and (3) Optional: Proudly display the ‘Thinking Blogger Award’ with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn’t fit your blog).
Certainly I would have nominated The Neurophilosopher, but since he has 4 nominations already, I’ll share the honors with 5 others:
The EvolutionList – Allen MacNeill’s posts consistently have long, well thought out analyses of evolutionary biology, as well as the history and philosophy of biology, that is well worth reading.
A Blog Around the Clock – Coturnix is a dynamo, relaying the pulse of the blogosphere from his perspective (which I share). Particularly strong emphasis is placed on framing and other political trends with which he, as a scientist, is familiar with.
Gene Expression – Razib and company provide interesting insights into biology, particularly the genetics of what makes us human, how humanity is evolving, and evolution in general.
Mike the Mad Biologist – Mike is a insightful blogger, who consistently looks at weekly politics with a fresh perspective. His divergence from opinions in the mainstream media give me hope yet for America.
Public Rambling – Pedro keeps me on the pulse of bioinformatics and open source publishing in science. While there are a cadre of bloggers who could call themselves “signaling network-ologists” (crucial to understanding signal transduction, which fascinates me), this blog is at the top of my list.