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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,…

My recent Harper’s piece, on how to fix the mess Bush made of science policy, is now readable for free here. And the cool website Treehugger.com just interviewed me about Storm World and Speaking Science 2.0. You can read the inteview here. Coming tomorrow: More great pictures from Sheril’s Africa trip. Meanwhile, I am off…

I’ve had fun following comments and feedback from Wednesday’s series on Framing Science. Many of you bring up excellent points and I particularly enjoy hearing from folks who do not wholeheartedly agree. It’s also encouraging that other science bloggers including PZ Myers and Coturnix are open to re-examine the concept from a different perspective. A…

Revolution

Today at 2:22 pm, I’ll have circumnavigated our sun exactly 27 times. I love discussions revolving around that spectacular star of ours, because it’s capable of altering all sorts of perspectives and intimately tied to the future of our home planet. Fast forward about 3.5 billion years and the sun’s luminosity is expected to increase…

Well This is a New Experience

My last Huffington Post entry, about why many Republicans reject mainstream climate science, now has 125 comments. That’s gotta be a personal best for me as a blogger. Of course, a lot of it has to do with the fact that there are global warming “skeptics” over there who post comments and tick everybody else…

Another Action Shot

Last weekend here in D.C., I could be found hanging out at Toledo Lounge with fellow science bloggers (left to right) Evil Monkey of Neurotopia, Tara of Aetiology, and Orac of Respectful Insolence. I guess I was too drunk to notice that thing he was wearing on his head. (Just kidding.) Anyway, here (via Tara)…

New Measurements, New Theories

This is a history of science question for all of you folks. What do you think are the most prominent historical cases in which new ways of taking measurements of nature, or new scientific calculations, have themselves brought about major new theories or hypotheses? In other words, what are the case studies of how new…

Brief Remark on Zidane

I thought he was a real football hero. Guess I was wrong.

I’ve always known that spammers are big losers. But I’ve been surprised and a bit offended to learn recently that spammers apparently think that blog readers are big losers as well. Let me explain. I screen all blog comments to weed out all the spam; and lately I’ve been detecting a pattern. Here are some…

The famous physicist once remarked: “All science is either physics or stamp collecting.” What do you think he meant by this? I’m thinking about using the quote in the new book to underscore two different views of science–a deductive approach based upon theory and a Baconian inductive approach based upon the collection of data–but I’m…