Stranger Fruit

On Monsoons, Meetings, and ID


Above is a picture of a lightning strike east of Camelback Mountain last night. The monsoon season has officially started here in Phoenix, so we’re looking at a few weeks of increased humidity and thunderstorm activity. A good enough reason to skip out of town. Tuesday sees me head off to England for the ISHPSSB bi-annual conference – the premier meeting of historians, philosophers and social scientists interested in biology. Four days of talks and socializing with people such as John Wilkins. Good fun, though I hear there is flooding in the SouthWest of England that might disrupt travel from London to Exeter. Gack!.

Interesting, no Intelligent Design proponent who claims to be a humanistic scholar of biology (e.g. Stephen Meyer, Paul Nelson, John Angus Campbell, Bill Dembski, Richard Weikart, or even Jonathan Wells) is scheduled to give a talk. None showed up at ISHPSSB 2005 in Guelph, so I’m not expecting any to be in attendance in Exeter. Just goes to show that they are as much in the mainstream as philosophers and historians as they are as scientists. And by that I mean, not at all.

In any case, this is me saying that I wont be posting again until early next week. Today in Science is, however, scheduled to appear as usual. Enjoy the Monsoon season!

[Picture credit: David Wallace/ Arizona Republic]


  1. #1 Mike P
    July 23, 2007

    That pictures is making me miss monsoon season… DC’s great and all, but the storms here are lame.

  2. #2 Alan Kellogg
    July 23, 2007

    In local (San Diego) weather we’ve been getting storms from Arizona the past few days. Trouble is, the rain keeps evaporating around 5,000 feet, and the great majority of San Diego County is below 5,000 feet.

    By this Wednesday the air around here should be saturated enough to allow rain to actually reach the ground. It’s funny, but the last few years a larger portion of our rain is coming from the Sea of Cortez via Arizona than before. It also means coastal San Diego is in the rainshadow of Arizona storms, while the Anza Borrego (east county) is in the rainshadow of Gulf of Alaska and Pineapple Express storms.

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