Archives for September 21, 2010

Shamans, Surgery, and the Driveway of Doom

In which I explore the interface between the Jungian Subconscious and my own primordial anguish.

The Vigil After Dover: Part 3

Sharron Angle, YOU LIE!!!!

Bill Thompson’s Young Birder’s Guide The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of Eastern North America (Peterson Field Guides) is a book that I highly recommend for kids around seven to 14 years of age. (The publishers suggest a narrower age range but I respectfully disagree.) This is a new offering written by Bill Thompson III…

Carne Ross: An independent diplomat

After 15 years in the British diplomatic corps, Carne Ross became a “freelance diplomat,” running a bold nonprofit that gives small, developing and yet-unrecognized nations a voice in international relations. At the BIF-5 conference, he calls for a new kind of diplomacy that gives voice to small countries, that works with changing boundaries and that…

Scientific Research Gone Bad

Skeptically Speaking with Desiree Schell. The podcast for last week’s show is available here. David Dobbs talks about Marc Hauser, which is rather interesting. Then, Barbara Drescher talks about common mistakes made by scientists (sort of an extension of the theme). The Podcast is here. The show also seems to have a new theme song!

Igor and Lisa

Igor is on the cusp of being a hurricane and not being a hurricane. The storm has hurricane force winds but its energy is being rapidly redistributed from a cyclonic pattern (a hurricane is a cyclone) to a frontal pattern (a hurricane is not a front). Either way, somebody’s gonna lose themselves’ a trailer. In…

Teachers Under Fire!!!

It is very common, across the U.S., for science teachers to dread the “evolution” unit that they teach during life science class. As they approach the day, and start to prepare the students for what is coming, they begin to hear the sarcastic remarks from the creationist students. When the day to engage the evolution…