Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Experts

So, if you go on the teevee machine and tell people that investment banks should be allowed to pay out dividends, and you’re simply an economics professor, we should probably take the claim at face value. But what if you have tens of thousands of shares as compensation for being a board member? Oops:

While criticizing someone who does not understand the difference between artificial and natural selection–something I’ve successfully communicated to high school students and undergraduates–is like picking on the slow kid, his repeated nitpicking of ScienceBlogling Mike Dunford‘s post about the topic is illustrative of how creationists, whether they be young earth or intelligent design, operate.

In commenting on a post by SA Smith that rebuts (quite well) Behe’s latest ID creationist idiocy, tristero writes (bold original; italics mine):

FOX TV Misinformation About MRSA

I have a week off, so I’ve been going to the gym in the morning later than usual. I’m still recovering from the near-lobotomization of morning radio, so I wasn’t prepared for a report on the “superbug” on Fox’s The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet–think of it as a cheap knockoff of Regis and…

…doesn’t invalidate the person making the prediction. Nouriel Roubini, who correctly predicted that the housing market would crater in 2007 has decided to make his critics eat crow (yes, there’s some dense economics here, but wait until the end–there’s a point to this madness):

…and why most scientists oppose the Bush administration. In a post about hurricane Katrina, Rick Perlstein writes (bold original, italics mine):

Robert Farley takes on two of the major proponents of the Unified Theory of the Surge, Michael O’Hanlon and Kenneth Pollack:

Pundits Aren’t Experts (Usually)

Matt Bai doesn’t get that. In the NY Times Magazine, Bai writes (italics mine):

Blogging and Communicating Science

Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but something Huntington Willard said in that science blogging article published in Cell about how senior scientists have been trained to communicate science got me thinking.

NARMS Public Hearing

I’ve mentioned the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) before. Today, I’ll be attending the NARMS public hearing which is going to discuss four questions: