I’ve spent a fair amount of time at the Harvard Law School. In fact, I was there when Barack was there. I didn’t attend the school, but I drank beer in the school’s beer hall, lived in a dorm shared by the law school and the science area, and cut through the main law school building on my way to the square when it was raining or really cold.
The Island of Doubt was the blog of James Hrynyshyn, and it dealt with environmental issues, and especially the politics of denialism. Well, James has shut down Island of Doubt and started a new blog called “Class M.” That new blog is here.
James is one of those people I’ve come to trust for information about environmental, climate, energy, and related issues. Plus he’s a genuinely nice guy. I’ve had the fortune of spending a fair amount of time with him at the ScienceOnline conferences, and that has been very enjoyable.
Go check out Class M. James intends for this new blog to be fairly specialized and focuses in certain key issues, to be very science oriented, and to mainly serve as a conduit between the peer reviewed literature and the interested citizen. I expect Class M to be the go to place for journalists and policy makers interested in the topics he covers.
This is a pointer and an appeal.
Continue reading The Science and Nature of Plants
I walked into her tent, went immediately to her bed and turned over her pillow. And there, as plain as day, was a stack of hundred dollars bills, a US passport, and a first class plane ticket to New York.
Continue reading Always look in the refrigerator
Over on Quiche Moraine I’m writing up a series of short posts on the influences of 1960s and 1970s TV on the sociocultural growth and development of Ammerican Yoots of the age.
Continue reading How We Got This Way
If you do not enjoy medical photographs, do not look below the fold.
Continue reading I got totally screwed today, and here’s a picture of it:
Julia is going overseas for most of the summer, and she is putting together her reading list. I’m sure she’ll put together a fine list. But we live in a culture in which we are compelled to suggest to high school students what they might want to read, especially in preparation for college. I’ve looked at a couple of those lists, and they are dismal. Some seem to be lists of works that are especially long, challenging of language, in many cases unpublishable in the modern market, out of date, and boring. I mean, really, Moby Dick? Watch the movie, dude, the book is a bear.
Continue reading Summer Reading List
We talk to Sherman K. Stein, mathematician and author of “Survival Guide for Outsiders: How To Protect Yourself From Politicians, Experts, and Other Insiders.”
What makes us so susceptible to social influence, and how can we guard against being manipulated?
Matthew Linsdell on Personal Training
Well, OK, technically if a man is wearing chains he’s not really naked. Whatever. The question at hand is, was sex in skepticism before women showed up? And, when they showed up with their bobbies and all, did they ruin it for everyone?
This is the opening paragraph which gets you very interested in the topic.