In my previous post, I tossed out the following observation:
It is, at any rate, folklore among the anti-creationist blogging community that non-American scientists are more likely to use the word â€œDarwinismâ€ and its variants than American ones are, although it seems that outside academic circles, â€œDarwinismâ€ and â€œDarwinistâ€ may have negative connotations everywhere.
This got me thinking. There are umpty-ump science bloggers on the Net nowadays, and more commenters than one could shake a phasmatodean at. This is a big pile of people, and though it has very fuzzy boundaries, one might justifiably call it a subculture. What, then, are its cultural icons?
If your eager and curious niece finally started using the Internet for something other than MySpace and wanted to become part of this whole skeptical, scientifical shindig, what would you tell her? Who are the personalities of this world? What are their clashes, their feuds, their running jokes? Who hangs out at their places? What are the books which everybody has read, or at least pretends to? Set forth, if you can, the stuff which everybody knows — the hidden curriculum of our Network campus.