The Intersection

Archives for May, 2006

“We Call it Life”

By now, everyone is having fun with the amusing Competitive Enterprise Institute ads with the following slogan : “Carbon Dioxide: They Call it Pollution. We Call It Life.” I have little to add, except a few parodies: 1. Earth: They call it being buried alive. We call it life. 2. Air: They call it tornadoes.…

I must admit, I was starting to worry about this upcoming Yearly Kos science panel in Vegas. In the city that never sleeps, the event was scheduled for 8 am (!)–the one time, if ever, when people visiting Vegas probably do sleep. I had a suspicion that nobody would even attend. Well, scratch that: We…

Cool Stuff

Just a couple of things that I’ve been meaning to give a plug to: 1. Daniel Collins, a geoscientist and environmental engineer at MIT, has started a new science blog entitled “Down to Earth.” Check it out. 2. Defenders of Wildlife has launched a new program, the Conservation Support Network, to help promote the use…

Korean Edition Arrived

I just got shipped six copies of the Korean edition of my book. Man, it’s weird; I wish I had a jpeg to throw up here so that I could show you. The cover says “Science War” and there are pictures of belching power plants and what looks like stem cells. Plus lots of characters…

Upcoming Event on ID

I’m going to be in New York next monday for what looks like a great panel on “intelligent design”:

While I was out in San Diego last month, I got to do a lengthy interview with science historian Naomi Oreskes for UCSD-TV. UCSD-TV also filmed a keynote speech I did for Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties. The latter hasn’t aired yet, but the former is now available online and you can…

Well, there’s nothing like a little controversy to make a conference well attended…and now it appears that all of the back and forth on this blog about the upcoming Skeptics Society conference has indeed triggered such a “controversy.” John Rennie over at SciAm Observations has done an entire post about it, complete with his take…

Well, my last post triggered a lot of comments that raised some very serious issues about science, skepticism, and the upcoming Skeptics Society conference. Some fair points were made (about whether “skeptics” ought to be embracing Michael Crichton), others less fair (slamming Ronald Bailey, who I respect, and who has come around on global warming…

I’m locking horns with Reason‘s Ronald Bailey early next month at the following conference put on by Michael Shermer’s Skeptics Society: Why are we still debating climate change? How soon will we hit peak oil supply? When politics mix with science, what is being brewed? Join speakers from the left & the right, from the…

I spent a fair amount of time last week talking to Iris Kuo, author of this Knight-Ridder story about the meaning of the phrase “sound science.” I urged Kuo to check out my book–which contains one of the most extensive analyses of the “sound science” movement that I’m aware of–so that she could actually see…