Category Archives: Scientific apologies

More on the science of apology

Time to look at a new “how to apologize” study! The paper, called “An Exploration of the Structure of Effective Apologies,” will be published in the May 2016 issue of Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. (You can read the abstract online.) The … Continue reading

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What are these little HEARTS doing on my GRAPHS?

Tim Hunt is a biochemist, co-winner of a Nobel Prize in the Physiology or Medicine category (along with Leland Hartwell and Paul Nurse). The prize was for work elucidating how proteins like cyclins control cell division. Sounds like he can … Continue reading

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Sexist scientist schmucks sorry-ish

Warning. I am crankier than usual right now. I’m still in a fury about serial domestic violence perpetrator Floyd Mayweather being protected by the entire city of Las Vegas and getting paid a gazillion dollars to beat someone up (at least that … Continue reading

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“You put in other details”

The news is making me so sad right now. We have any number of terrible apologies we could talk about, but instead, can we focus on a good one? (I realize we’ve had a lot of good apologies on the site … Continue reading

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I was JUST going to SAY that!

  Charles Darwin was very intelligent, thoughtful, and hardworking. And a big worrier. One thing he worried about was how people would respond to his theory of evolution by natural selection. He knew people would fuss about it. They would … Continue reading

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Time for another unabashedly fab apology

We here at SorryWatch want to exalt the good, not just excoriate the bad. Here’s an apology that’s very, very good. N. Wayne Hale was the launch integration manager at NASA in 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia exploded. After … Continue reading

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Apologies in medicine…a post by an ACTUAL DOCTOR!

A guest post by Zackary Berger, MD SorryWatchers must know by now the right way to apologize. I wish I could say the same about my colleagues, members of the medical profession. In their defense, though, and in my own, let … Continue reading

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an apology to atheists, smug and otherwise

I have a real fondness for the sci-fi-and-fantasy site io9, even though I am only sometimes interested in fantasy and almost never interested in sci-fi. The topics io9 covers are so broad and quirky and interesting, and it is generally … Continue reading

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A scientific semi-apology

Our Invisible Friend Inside the Computer Taffy Brodesser-Akner pointed us to the blog Retraction Watch, which is fabulous. Written by journalistic machers Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky, it looks at scientific retractions, primarily in the life sciences. Because when it comes to getting … Continue reading

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