Greg Laden is a biological anthropologist and science communicator. His research has covered North American prehistoric and historic archaeology and African archaeology and human ecology. He is an OpenSource and OpenAccess advocate. Greg's wife, Amanda, is a High School biology teacher, his daughter Julia is a world traveler and his son Huxley is 2.

An appeal to help someone out

This is a repost from here. John is a friend and a great guy and I hope you can do as he asks. Thanks. Please help Tessa and Marlowe This is a plea to save my ex from a financial death spiral. The short, short, short version is that she needs about $3500 by the…

shopt

shopt Tomorrow I will shop. Yesterday I shopt. No,not really. The term “shopt” is a Linux Bash thing. If you don’t care about bash, stop reading now. If you find the command line interesting or useful and don’t know about shopt, this is your lucky day. Look at the word for a moment and try…

How do you explain Judith Curry?

How do you explain a person seemingly legitimately trained in science drifting off and becoming more and more of a science denier? In the case of Judith Curry I was unwilling to think of her as a full on science denier for a long time because her transition into denierhood seemed to be going very…

The academic world and its detractors are all a-tizzy about this recent news reported here: Springer, a major science and medical publisher, recently announced the retraction of 64 articles from 10 of its journals. The articles were retracted after editors found the authors had faked the peer-review process using phony e-mail addresses. The article goes…

The Birds At Itasca and Other Matters

When I studied the Efe Pygmies of the Congo, I discovered (and yes, it was me who discovered this amazing fact everyone now knows) that the Efe organize their space in elongated linear trails. They knew all about everything along those specific trails, and their knowledge of other trails was often very limited. If an…

This is F@k1n’ brilliant. Cherry-pickin’ a bit of temperature data And tryin’ to claim that climate change is in hiatus It’s not, the trends are still going straight up But they ain’t tryin’ to change their minds once they’re made up In 1992 my mama’s thesis Was about CO2 and Svante Arrhenius So if you…

I will be interviewing Emily Cassidy on Sunday, August 23th on Atheist Talk Radio, with Mike Haubrich hosting. We’ll be talking about food, the food supply, how we’re all gonna die when the food supply runs out, how maybe to avoid or delay that, and GMOs will almost certainly come up in the conversation. Emily…

Climate Models Accurately Predict Warming Climate models employ piles of data and sophisticated computational techniques to predict what will happen in the future. Sometimes they predict what happened in the past as well. That is important to test the models (because we might know what happened in the past), or to fill in the blanks…

Bill Maher and Penn State meteorology professor Michael Mann discuss the “settled science” of climate change and the lack of public engagement on the issue. Dr. Mann is the co-author of “Dire Predictions: Understanding Climate Change.”

A couple of days ago I assimilated data from a bunch of on line polls where people could informally and unscientifically express their opinion about who won the GOP debate (the big boy debate only, with ten candidates). I suggested a series of hypotheses to isolate the idea that this sort of on line unscientific…