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Archives for April, 2007

Well, it’s April 30, which means that for most of the Southern Hemisphere, hurricane season just ended. It hasn’t been a particularly busy year for any of the Southern Hemisphere cyclone regions except the Southwest Indian Ocean, which took one hell of a beating (see above; image courtesy of Meteo France).

Nisbet has reproduced it but I’ll do so here as well. Note that the letter comes from a biologist and a theology professor at the University of Portland: Science 27 April 2007: Vol. 316. no. 5824, pp. 540 – 542 DOI: 10.1126/science.316.5824.540c Letters Science, Religion, and Climate Change A moment of agreement has arrived for…

From his blog: Camp 3, which is perhaps not as well defined, promotes the inclusion of theistic elements in evolutionary biology, in some cases explicitly in other cases as a kind of “fill in the blank,” in order to provide a better approach to “framing” evolutionary biology. (Notice the closeness between the word “blank” and…

I spent about 24 straight hours traveling yesterday, crossing the Pacific and such–so I’ve been a bit out of it. But what do I come back to? Fellow Sciencebloggers John Wilkins and Tim Lambert have both done posts–with lotsa cool pics–about our recent adventures, intellectual as well as alcoholic, in Sydney. Go check them both…

My new book, Storm World, will not be out for another two months yet; it hits in early July. However, the early reviews are coming in from outlets serving the literary and publishing industry such as Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews. And I’m now tremendously pleased to be able to report that both of these…

My Last OZ Talk: Sydney

I’ve had a wonderful time in Australia; as will be shown in my forthcoming Seed column, the experience has also been very eye opening in a lot of ways. It’s winding down, though: I do one last talk here in Sydney, and then it’s off back to the states on that ridiculously long plane ride.…

Framing Science from Australia

Yesterday I gave a talk in Melbourne at the Bureau of Meteorology, sponsored by the Melbourne Centre of the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society. Although in my previous conference talk here I had already raised the subject of framing (see coverage here and here), this time (for the first time) I devoted an entire talk…

Details, Details, Details

Once again, I can’t keep up with all the latest reactions to Nisbet-Mooney. There are just too many of them (over 160 comments at PZ’s blog alone; and even my own blog is pushing 40 right now). I’m in Australia prepping a series of talks, and that’s the top priority at the moment. However I’d…

I looked out my window this morning in Melbourne–after sleeping off jet lag–and saw seven hot air balloons in the sky. You would never see something like that over a U.S. city. It was a pretty good introduction to the awesome country that I have the fortune of visiting for the next 10 days. I’ll…

“Framing Science”, Round II

It has begun–especially with this post from PZ. He is ticked at us for our Washington Post piece. Oddly, PZ goes through much of the article but not the specific response to him: There will always be a small audience of science enthusiasts who have a deep interest in the “mechanisms and evidence” of evolution,…