The Intersection

Archives for June, 2006

Two Homecomings

I just arrived in New Orleans this morning, where I’ll be hanging out for about a week. I’m laying low for a while to do some writing, but this coming Wednesday I’ll be speaking for the very first time in my hometown. (Details here). Interestingly, tomorrow night my brother Davy, the jazz ace, is also…

Well folks: The debate on NPR’s “Science Friday” is today, starting around 3:15 ET. There will be a fair number of listener calls, I believe; remember, you can call in at 1-800-989-8255. To find a way to listen live, click here. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to prepare, and want to thank you all very much for…

Okay, here’s round two of Bethell mania. Once again, I’m going to post several brief excerpts from his arguments (this time on evolution), and let you respond to them–thereby helping me out with my debate prep. You did a stellar job with global warming, so I expect no less this time around! Here goes:

Seeing as I’m debating Bethell on NPR’s Science Friday tomorrow, I thought I would begin the warm-up session here by posting some samples of what he’s had to say about various scientific topics, starting with the biggie–global warming. I am not going to comment on these passages; I’m simply going to list three quotes, number…

Paperback Pre-orders

Just realized that the paperback version of the book is already available for preorder on Amazon.com (and probably elsewhere). See here. I’ve changed my book link on the left hand margin to go to the paperback preorder page, rather than to the hardcover page as it has done for the last nine months or so.…

Concluding Remarks on Alberto

Jeff Masters gives us a useful rundown on Alberto’s life history; here’s the part I find most interesting: Alberto formed from a tropical wave that moved off of the coast of Africa on May 30. The wave tracked farther north than usual for June, entering the eastern Caribbean on June 5, and the western Caribbean…

Uh-Oh

From hurricane guru Jeff Masters: “It could be an exceptionally active June.” He’s promising to explain why he thinks so later today. If he’s right, it’s certainly not good news for New Orleans, still with crippled levees, and where I’m headed this Saturday…

Got some news, folks: I’m going to be on NPR’s Science Friday with Ira Flatow, this Friday, from 3:15 to 4:00 ET, debating Tom Bethell about the politics of science. If you want to call in, the number is (800) 989-8255. It’s not up on the website yet that this is happening but I can…

Seed has just posted my column from the latest issue. It’s a piece in which I try to grapple with the question of why the science/politics issue has become such a big deal–much bigger than even I anticipated (and I had every reason to overestimate its potency). The answer, I conclude, can be summarized as…

Alberto: It’s Gonna Be Close

The line of demarcation between a tropical storm and a hurricane is, obviously, somewhat arbitrary in nature. Why should the official cutoff point be sustained winds of 74 miles per hour, rather than 73 mph or 75 mph? Defined in terms of their true meteorological species, all three storms are tropical cyclones–period. From a psychological…