Politics

Who are the founders of Greenpeace? Not Patrick Moore. Patrick Moore is a Hippie for Hire. He makes the claim that he co-founded Greenpeace, and charges a fee to show up at conferences or other venues, or sit on boards, to provide a story that anti-environmentalists, global warming deniers, and others, like to hear. The…

Another Great Video from Greenman Peter Sinclair: More details and links HERE.

Day 5 — goodbye

The last lecture of the last session  was by Cass Sunstein. Sunstein is one of the architects of “nudge” thinking. He is a law professor, but he works with behavioral economists to develop his ideas and policy proposals. He has worked with the Obama government to develop “nudge” policies and his ideas are being copied…

Day 4 — All the rest of the world

Yesterday was policy day, as far as keynote speakers were concerned. Lidia Brito is the UNESCO director of science policy and capacity building. Among the usual points about the need to change, building capacity and recognizing stakeholders, here is what I believe is her take home message: Science is changing, and that’s a good thing.…

Peter Krause, the ever-friendly and patient press officer for ESOF, says the best thing about the organization is that it began ten years ago as a grass-roots idea: scientists who wondered why Europe had no equivalent of the AAAS and decided to create one. Since then, it has grown in all directions, but it still…

Day 3 — Melting Ice Cores and You

I have definitely reached information overload, which is unfortunate because I am missing Brian Schmidt’s talk. However, of all the things I have heard and seen today, there is one talk I need to write about: Ice cores in Greenland. Dorthe Dahl-Jensen is one of the most cited scientific authors. period. That is probably why…

Day 3 — The sun comes out

The sun came out and I was called out of a session, so I took advantage of the sunshine, after three days of grey and drizzle, to see the outdoor booths set up all around the buildings in the Carlsberg complex, here. In fact, in conjunction with this main festival of science, the city of…

Aside from the actual science, I am learning that 1) Copenhagen can be quite cold in the summer and 2) that the natives here are quite friendly. More than once people on the street have stopped to help me find my way. And the streets are full of people — walking, riding bikes, taking buses.…

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Day 2 — engineering life

Today we get to the science and the issues surrounding it. Karl Deisseroth gave the first keynote lecture. For anyone who’s been asleep the past few years, Deisseroth’s lab at Stanford is at the cutting edge of a new kind of brain research. They invented optogenetics — turning brain circuits on and off (in mice,…