The Intersection

Archives for March, 2008

Last week, Inoculated Mind’s Karl J. Mogel interviewed me about ScienceDebate2008, science blogging, sea cucumbers, the intersection of science and policy, and the truth about PZ Myers fear to debate me over the best marine invertebrate. vs No contest! Cukes would eat squid for breakfast… I’m thrilled Karl chose the Firefly theme song and you…

My latest piece for Science Progress–where I am now a contributing editor–has just gone up. It’s entitled “Enablers,” and it’s how people like us, who care about science, are often guilty of actually empowering those who who are attacking it. A great example occurred recently with the Heartland Institute’s climate skeptic conference in New York.…

That’s the quandary I face tomorrow, when I’ll be returning to New Orleans’ Isidore Newman School–alma mater of, among others, Peyton and Eli Manning, Walter Isaacson, and Michael Lewis–to talk to the senior class. This isn’t entirely a shot in the dark, as the seniors are taking a course on the environment, and I’m their…

..is to go beyond them into the impossible. Arthur C. Clarke 1917-2008 Arthur C. Clarke, writer and futurist, predicted many of our technological breakthroughs with uncanny accuracy while maintaining humility and a sense of humor. ‘I’ve never predicted the future, or hardly ever. I extrapolate. Look, I’ve written six stories about the end of the…

EARTH HOUR

I’m Just One Person. What Can I Do About Global Warming? EARTH HOUR 2008 Created to take a stand against the greatest threat our planet has ever faced, Earth Hour uses the simple action of turning off the lights for one hour to deliver a powerful message about the need for action on global warming.…

Geoengineering Time

In its latest issue, Time magazine singles out “10 Ideas That Are Changing the World.” One of those is very literal: geoengineering. Time‘s piece on the subject is a bit muddled–it lists iron fertilization of the oceans as a way of reducing sunlight to the planet–but the bottom line is unfortunately very accurate: “Unless the…

A Presidential Questionnaire

Our partner on the ScienceDebate2008 steering committee, Alan Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of Science magazine contributed this Op-Ed piece to today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: A successful president thus needs to be science-minded. Voters deserve candidates who can answer core science-related questions crucial to our future. Here’s…

The Science of BEER

Well it’s St. Patrick’s Day and what better way to celebrate than taking pause to consider the science of BEER! According to History.com, Americans annually consume 21.6 gallons per capita. Today, you might be able to imbibe green-dyed beer at one of the nation’s 47,984 drinking places–many among them Irish pubs. Beer brewing has come…

…to attend ScienceDebate2008. Watch here to see why: Get the Flash Player to see this video. This text will be replaced For more info from our latest press conference, see here.

We held an event at the Franklin Institute today to call attention to the debate and its local support. Sheril and I weren’t on hand, but our peeps were. See here for photos, streaming video, podcast, etc. More links when we have them. Meanwhile, below is an image of one of our fearless leaders, Matthew…