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Archives for September, 2006

A Grand Social Experiment

Numerical models suggest that Mooney and Nisbet will be in rare form this Friday night at Science Club in DC. And Big Head Rob and Kelly Ann Collins have official party announcements (one of which includes a Weird Science poster). But will this unprecedented social union between a few science geeks and stylish bloggers like…

Going Under for a Bit…

…Between now and the bday party tomorrow, I am going to try to get some significant work done. It’s an important snatch of time, especially as I have another talk on Saturday (in Ohio, info here) and then I’m back on the road Monday. I’ll be talking at an event along with PZ up in…

Taking the Blinders Off

So: KAC got sent the Discovery Institute’s critique (PDF) of my chapter on “intelligent design.” Her very appropriate response: “(WTF?!)” She also claims I’m “blinding her with science” (and provides the classic Thomas Dolby video to prove it).

I’m 29

Born September 20, 1977, in Mesa, Arizona. (And I’m speaking very near there on Sept 27!) I don’t remember at what time of day I was born. I’d have to call my Mom to find that out and she’s probably asleep at the moment. However, I do remember hearing that I apparently didn’t cry. Read…

Various Stuff

Check this out, in no particular order:

After the Discovery Institute’s criticism of my credentials, it occurred to me that I’m hardly the only person to study the works of someone like Chuck Dickens in college, only to end up writing professionally about the works of someone like Chuck Darwin. For instance, here’s physics writer Jennifer Oulette, with two books under her…

The Mooney-Nisbet Show

Back in May, fellow birthday boy Matt Nisbet and I gave a two-pronged keynote address to the annual meeting of the American Institute of Biological Sciences. The subject: How to communicate about science, particularly in politically fraught areas. I pretty much winged it, though I hope I provided some insights–and then Matt provided real data…

These Are So Not Good Criticisms

Well, I’ve read through the Discovery Institute critique of my work (PDF). I am not impressed. Neither is Carl Zimmer, who has experience with this sort of thing. PZ, meanwhile, has a good refutation of Casey Luskin’s attack on my credentials. [To tell you the truth, PZ, Luskin’s criticism is actually even weaker than you…

Not Your Average Science Blogs Post

I note this post from last week, and am flattered that a well known D.C. beacon of social radiance like KAC has deigned to Google me. Furthermore, she’s mooting whether I’m worth going on long walks on the beach with (PG version). If she only knew.

Helene is getting to be a hell of a storm. Look at how well defined the eye is. Note also that the storm is taking up roughly a 5 degree by 5 degree latitude/longitude square. That’s big. Winds of hurricane strength extend outward 50 miles from the center. All of which means that if Helene…