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Archives for March, 2008

It seems nearly universal that we are drawn to oceans. Children and adults alike marvel at whales, sea turtles, manatees, dolphins and on. Our imagination runs wild wondering about all the biodiversity and mystery lurking just below the surface of the great blue. Check out my post over at Correlations for a Top Ten List…

Well it seems Nature has taken sides in The Great Marine Invertebrate Wars, which began here at The Intersection last week: A bizarre geek-fight has erupted in the blogosphere over which types of invertebrates are coolest, Echinoderms or Molluscs. And I’m sad to report, the otherwise brilliant journal fails to recognize the awe-inspiring, ever-charismatic, comic-book-superhero…

As I watch our traffic ebb and flow, I sometimes wonder whether these waves may reveal something deeper about human nature–acting as a microcosm of our broader society’s attention span. Of course, we know those engaged in the blogosphere are not representative of the general population, but it’s possible we may gain some insight by…

Dear PZ, [It’s worth pointing out, my problem is not with profanity. Regular readers know that long before I entered the blogosphere, I’ve vocally celebrated the right to free speech and independent thinking. However, when influential and well respected professors argue like children in a very public online forum, substantive points decompose to nonsense blows,…

Expelled For Suppression?

Chris and Matt have already explained at length the danger in PZ’s unintentional promotion of Ben Stein’s Expelled. What’s also interesting to consider is the strategy employed in the ‘super trailer’, which utilizes many subtle techniques that have proven successful in the social marketing of ideas to large audiences over time. They include a call…

Read it for yourself. People actually involved in the promotion of films, like Randy Olson or this screenwriter, Kevin Miller, understand perfectly well how such a controversy helps Ben Stein. And Miller in particular ought to know: He’ll surely get residuals if this film does well. Why is our side so clueless? I have no…

In the epic unfolding that began last week here at The Intersection–which has come to be known throughout the interwebs as The Great Marine Invertebrate Wars–it’s a proud day for echinoderm enthusiasts everywhere… Yes friends, the ever-charismatic sea cucumber has become a comic book hero! When we last left Pucker, we were missing the other…

So now PZ getting thrown out of Expelled (and Dawkins getting in) triggers New York Times coverage. If you ask me, this really helps the Expelled people, who want nothing more than controversy. And Dawkins completely doesn’t get it: Dr. Dawkins said the hoopla has been “a gift” to those who oppose creationism. “We could…

…are either dead, not scientists, or not American. They are: Albert Einstein, 6 percent Bill Gates, 6 percent Al Gore, 6 percent Stephen Hawking, 2 percent Bill Nye the Science Guy, 2 percent Ben Franklin, 1 percent Thomas Edison, 1 percent Of course, most Americans can’t even identify a living scientist. And note that Bill…

In this month’s Evolutionary Psychology, an article titled ‘Attractive Women Want it All: Good Genes, Economic Investment, Parenting Proclivities and Emotional Commitment‘ out of The University of Texas at Austin, reports women ideally want partners who have all the characteristics they desire, but preferences can be influenced by their own attractiveness. “When reviewing the qualities…