Adventures in Ethics and Science

Let’s say you’re looking at a wide-open fall semester, and you are asked to be a participant on a panel at a conference. Since your semester is wide open, you agree.

Months later, you’re asked to be a participant on another panel at another conference. Except for the conference you already committed to, your semester is still wide open.

What do you suppose the chances are that the two conferences overlap in time? And meet in different cities? Was this predictable, or am I just lucky?

(It looks like the two panels will meet on different days. Assuming no plane-grounding weather events, it should be do-able.)


  1. #1 Alan Kellogg
    July 25, 2007

    Don’t forget plane grounding security events, and plane delaying weather and security events.

  2. #2 coturnix
    July 25, 2007

    Well, we are on the same panel, and I have TWO more conferences on the same week and I can make it to all three and speak at all three! Now, that is a balancing act! And yes, the rest of the semester is wide open…

  3. #3 Joseph LeMay
    July 25, 2007

    further, what are the odds that the conference you’re already committed to is in Bayonne, NJ and the other conference is in Maui? (no offense, Bayonne, I’m from NJ myself)

  4. #4 JP Stormcrow
    July 25, 2007

    Choose the one that looks to be as entertaining as this one looks to have been, complete with audience participation plays about Benjamin Thompson.
    (I had just come upon it while looking for some more info on Thompson/Count Rumford and Lavoisier (who shared a wife … serially) prompted by this post on Lavoisier at waagnfnp by James Killus.)

  5. #5 Super Sally
    July 26, 2007

    Joseph LeMay wrote:
    I’m from NJ myself

    What exit?

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