The Intersection

Archives for October, 2008

Halloween 2008 and I’m dressed as GOP vice presidential hopeful Sarah Palin. I tried to find a stuffed animal fruit fly to carry around as means to distinguish myself from the other Sarah Palins wandering 9th St in Durham, but to no avail. So it goes. And now for the second annual HALLOWEEN reader poll…

Following our first talk at Beyond Belief 3, we participated in this discussion with Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Naomi Oreskes was also in our session, but unable to stay for the panel. Watch for interesting comments from Jonathan Haidt, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Sam Harris, Leon Lederman, and more:

McCain’s Reasons To Vote McCain

..she releases the most ridiculous negative campaign ad in history: The commercial comparing Kay Hagan to a dog was pretty bad, but now Elizabeth Dole is accusing a Sunday school teacher of being ‘godless‘ with a fake voice over at the end. This is not politics. It surpasses bad judgment and I’m embarrassed for my…

Highlights Of Barack TV

So, what did folks think of last night’s 30-minute spot?

Despite the economy, it appears some businesses continue booming. In July, we reported that Exxon Mobil posted a net income of $11.68 billion. Well, record broken. According to CNN, its third-quarter profit was $14.83 billion: The latest quarter’s net income equaled $1,865.69 per second, nearly $400 a second more than the prior mark. So new…

The Science Writer’s Lament

My latest Science Progress column just went up…it’s about the decline of science reporting in newspapers, and what we can do to fight back against this trend. I start out with the story of Peter Calamai, until recently the staff science writer of the Toronto Star: Peter Calamai describes himself–and only half jokingly–as a “grizzled…

Sheril Votes For Science

I contribute to another Seed blog called ‘A Vote For Science‘ where we recently launched our ‘YouTube Challenge‘: Scientists and Engineers for America Action Fund and ScienceBlogs have teamed up to bring you “A Vote For Science.” Here we will feature videos of scientists explaining who they are voting for and why. Jennifer, Lawrence, and…

The Fruit Fly

Yes, we’ve heard all about it. I’ve been receiving a good deal of email and indeed, would have blogged Drosophila melanogaster earlier, but it’s difficult to post while traveling. As Christopher Hitchens explained, curiously it’s true: last Friday, when, at a speech in Pittsburgh, Gov. Sarah Palin denounced wasteful expenditure on fruit-fly research, adding for…

Earlier this month, we participated in Beyond Belief 3 at The Salk Institute hosted by The Science Network. It was a great chance to air some of the arguments that are developing for our new book–which, as Chad Orzel just mentioned, will be entitled Unscientific America. Here is the first of our sessions, where we…