TIME Thinks We’re Terrific

In a brief essay describing renewed efforts to raise the profile of science in the national discourse, Time magazine writer Michael Lemonick offers the following (see the original for links):

What I’m talking about is the growing drumbeat of amply justified fear that America is fast losing its edge over the rest of the world in science and technology–something I wrote about in this TIME cover story.

Figuring out why, and what to do about it, has become a cottage industry. So when I was asked to come to a two-day meeting sponsored by the Aspen Science Center, I was kind of dubious. Even though the organizers had put together a guest list so prestigious that I felt like an important-person impersonator, I was pretty sure the result would be a list of platitudes and noble-sounding but impotent suggestions–some sort of feel-good document that wouldn’t accomplish much.

I think I was wrong. On the second day of the conference, the proceedings were basically hijacked by two participants: Esther Dyson, former journalist and current high-tech venture capitalist, and Adam Bly, founder of Seed Magazine, the associated (and terrific) ScienceBlogs website and plenty of other science-communications ventures you’re likely to hear about. (Emphasis Added)

Take that Larry Moran!

Comments

  1. #1 Russell Blackford
    July 21, 2007

    Congratulations – nice coverage for ScienceBlogs.

  2. #2 Anonymous
    July 24, 2007

    No, ScienceBlogs is not “terrific.” ScienceBlogs bloggers — Ed Brayton, PZ Myers, yourself, and maybe others — practice arbitrary censorship of blog visitors’ comments. For example, there was a commenter here named Larry Farfaman who made comments that were on-topic, polite, and serious, but you banned him because he posts holocaust-revisionist articles on his blog. This arbitrary censorship makes a blog unfair and particularly unreliable.

  3. #3 MartinM
    July 24, 2007

    Oh, do go away, Larry.

  4. #4 Karen
    July 24, 2007

    Holocaust deniers deserve to be banned.

  5. #5 Orac
    December 15, 2007

    you banned him because he posts holocaust-revisionist articles on his blog. This arbitrary censorship makes a blog unfair and particularly unreliable.

    It’s hardly “arbitrary” to ban anti-Semitic Nazi apologists who disrupt comment threads. (Yes, all Holocaust revisionists are anti-Semitic, Nazi apologists, or both; some are just better at hiding it than others.)

  6. #6 Tyler DiPietro
    December 16, 2007

    Larry, you stupid fuck. Do you actually think there’s anyone here who doesn’t know it’s you. Jason was right in every conceivable way to ban you, he should in no way feel compelled to tolerate anti-Semitic and Nazi apologist drivel (especially given that he is himself Jewish).

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