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Archives for June, 2006

Gore’s Weakest Link

As I told you all before, I saw An Inconvenient Truth, and though I am not a scientist, being pretty familiar with much climate science I felt that most of what I saw was accurate. However, I was most troubled by the treatment of the hurricane issue. Not because there isn’t an issue, but because…

I was supposed to stay and chat at the Clark Community Network after my posting went up earlier today, but I goofed…so I’m coming back tonight at 7 PM ET for an hour of chatting. Come on over and ask questions…I see that a number have piled up already….

I have a guest posting up on the Clark Community Network about the Supreme Court deciding to hear a global warming case. You can read my take here. I’ll be answering comments over on that site….but you can leave them here as well.

I’ve always known that spammers are big losers. But I’ve been surprised and a bit offended to learn recently that spammers apparently think that blog readers are big losers as well. Let me explain. I screen all blog comments to weed out all the spam; and lately I’ve been detecting a pattern. Here are some…

Ice Age Predictions in Context

For reasons that will remain obscure, I was recently reading a 1978 volume of the journal Oceanus, published by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. And in light of the tripe we often hear about how in the 1970s scientists were worried about a New Ice Age, one passage in particular stuck out to me. It’s…

Well, here’s what he said yesterday: In the White House, only hours after that old elm had fallen, Bush was addressed by a reporter, thus: “I know that you are not planning to see Al Gore’s new movie, but do you agree with the premise that global warming is a real and significant threat to…

The famous physicist once remarked: “All science is either physics or stamp collecting.” What do you think he meant by this? I’m thinking about using the quote in the new book to underscore two different views of science–a deductive approach based upon theory and a Baconian inductive approach based upon the collection of data–but I’m…

New Orleans Talk: Big Success

Well, I was thrilled last night when my very first ever New Orleans event was totally packed. I estimate about 80 people showed up at the Garden District Book Shop uptown for wine, food, and then a lecture by yours truly. I had actually had a beer beforehand, breaking one of my cardinal rules of…

New Orleans; Houston

I am doing my southern talks starting today: Details here. New Orleans tonight; Houston tomorrow night. I’m trying to think of regionally specific humor to use for New Orleans but also Houston in particular, so feel free to post any suggestions. You know, something along the lines of, when in Michigan make fun of Ohio…

There is still a lot of chatter about my Science Friday debate with Tom Bethell last week. Apparently it made some waves, so I’d like to make sure that anyone who hasn’t heard it yet gets a chance to. If you’d like to listen with Real Audio, click here; for Windows Media Player, click here;…