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Ed Brayton, who I admire greatly, has a post that runs afoul of my “death of science journalism” sensitivity meter. You see, Ed came across a National Geographic story that says something dumb about “carbon dating.” Ed is surely right on the point of substance, and National Geographic should not have made the error. I…

The Evolution of Homer

Every now and then The Intersection likes to pay tribute to the family that has been kicking it in Springfield for the last 20 years. Today we present Evolution… Simpsons style:

A lot of people right now are striving desperately to establish this notion. Neil Munro’s big story in the latest National Journal (here, subscription) is the latest example. In essence, it postulates a bunch of new rifts that are going to open between scientists and Democrats now that the latter are in power. I’m quoted…

Mark your calendars for the launch of ASU’s new Origins Initiative on April 6, 2009. Tickets go on sale next week and the event will be broadcast live online. It looks like a terrific line up including Stephen Hawking, Steven Pinker, Brian Greene, and new Director, (and Science Debate co-founder) Lawrence Krauss. The Origins Symposium…

In my last post I remarked on how “radically strange–and yet strangely modern” I expected the 1543 work that kicked off the “scientific revolution” to be. Now that I’ve read the first two books of De Revolutionibus, I can say, boy was I right. This is the first of several posts about my experience of…

Over at Science Progress, I’ve been involved in putting together not one but two items timed for Darwin Day. The first is an op-ed coauthored with my prof here at Princeton, D. Graham Burnett, who teaches Darwin. We argue for historical nuance, which leads one to reject the idea that Darwin should be considered an…

Buying Books

So…it is not exactly easy to find history of science classics at your average–or even your well above average–bookstore. The class I’m officially taking here at Princeton, History 293, focuses heavily on a course packet and so doesn’t have many officially assigned books. It does have a few; they are Darwin’s Voyage of the Beagle…

Colbert Retorts

My latest Science Progress column is up: It makes the case that Stephen Colbert is the heir to Johnny Carson in terms of talk show promotion of science. It also includes various lame and stupid talking points that I made up and didn’t use on the show, such as the following hypothetical Q&A responses: Didn’t…

Arrival in Princeton

So…I have a new home. Just two days ago now, I arrived in Princeton, New Jersey and occupied a new apartment here, along with the fiance and the puppy. Los Angeles was a blast, and it’s somewhere I think everyone ought to try to live–but I wanted to get back to the hoary old east…

The Colbert Video, Embedded

Here it is: The Colbert ReportMon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Obama’s New Science Policy – Chris Mooney Colbert Report Full EpisodesColbert Report Tickets Paul McCartney AppearanceMore Funny Videos I’ll have more to say about the whole experience in my next column….thanks to everyone who wrote in with positive words about the segment.