An excellent example of how science blogging can (and should) work

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Earlier this month we told you about a study published in the latest issue of Hormones and Behavior, that concluded that women's facial features and estrogen levels correlate with their self-reported desire to have children.

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Scientific American bloggers Scicurious and Kate Clancy were quick to write up what we described as pretty even-handed critiques on the research and its shortcomings. Now, evolutionary psychologist Miriam Law Smith—lead author of the study in question—has responded to these critiques with a blog post of her own.

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The exchange (which continues in the comments section of Law Smith's post) serves as an excellent example of how blogging can open up engaging and respectful conversations about science, and provide a forum for scientists to discuss their research on a more detailed level (a point that Law Smith points out herself); be sure to check it out.

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EvilUhura
Vulcan Has No Moon

Hmm, the people I know who have a low desire to become parents were 1.) abused and neglected by their own parents and 2.) were abused/bullied by other children when they were growing up. The fear of being a crappy parent and the fact that they aren't suffering the delusion children are all wonderful little angels put an end to any desires to replicate.