The Intersection

Archives for November, 2007

I often write about the power of music to move and motivate people. The arts have a monumental role in culture which is, of course, at the intersection of politics, science… life. As a musician and former radio jock, I recognize talent, and a couple weeks ago I heard something special from outside The Broad…

Today is officially the last day of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season. Not that we can’t have a storm after November 30…but it becomes less and less likely. And how do we summarize the year? Well, less active than expected, especially when it comes to the frequency of the most intense storms. That’s two years…

Maybe Doug Adams Was Wrong?

It is an important and popular fact that things are not always what they seem. For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much — the wheel, New York, wars and so on — whilst all the dolphins had ever done…

Sheril Responds

Research… okay, but geoengineering continues to raise a heck of a lot of red flags for me. By no means do I deny what we’re up against or disagree with my favorite blogger, but I’d like to emphasize that priorities must focus on changing our collective mindset and behavior regarding carbon in this country and…

My latest Science Progress column just went online–I look at the issue of geoengineering, and reluctantly conclude that given our current predicament, the case for at least studying possible options makes a lot of sense. Research isn’t the same as implementation, but it could give us a fallback. It could give us choices. To wit:…

So: I’m in D.C. right now. That’s because Nisbet-Mooney just gave our last “framing science” talk of 2007–a lunch event yesterday at the National Academy of Sciences’ Keck Center. This talk wasn’t open to the public, so we didn’t publicize it, but we can’t think of a better place to wrap things up, at least…

Bangladesh: We Stand With You

Dark settles on Majher Char, a 3×2 km long island in the middle of the Ballashar River in the Bay of Bengal. Last week, this was the scene of death and utter destruction when Cyclone Sidr came ashore, carrying in it’s wake a 5 meter wall of water that washed over this island of 1800…

I’m Coming Out

A look to our sidebar and you’ll see a new photograph. Regular readers may notice the style is quite different from the previous image and arguably distinct from what I generally advocate on the blog. Or is it? Until this weekend, I hadn’t realized I’d been feeling pressure to hide…or at least remain somewhat obscure.…

Next November 4, make an informed decision. There’s no denying this is the kind of stuff the voting public remembers…

In the past three months, I have done three separate events on university campuses that have involved, in some way, panel commentaries upon books. Two of the books were my own; one was Mike Tidwell’s (see here and here). As a result, I have gotten some sense of what I think works in these contexts,…