Posts by Daniel Sarewitz
Check out the article by a climate survivalist from the February 27, 2011 Washington Post. (I’m going to go out on a limb and treat the article as if it’s not a satire or hoax, but maybe the joke’s on me.) The author describes how he’s buying solar panels and generators and laying in food and supplies and putting extra locks on his doors and windows in anticipation of the coming climate apocalypse....
I think it was in the spring of 1988 that I visited Washington, D.C., to explore the potential for moving from academic science into public policy. I had set up an informational interview at AAAS and was sitting in their library waiting for my meeting to begin. After browsing the shelves for a few seconds, and guided only by karmic randomness, I pulled down a book called Lost at the Frontier, by Deborah Shapley and Rustum Roy.
An interdisciplinary team of scientists and comedians have concluded that there is an enormous discrepancy between the amount of observed humor in the world, and the amount of humor predicted by fundamental physical laws and statistical principles.
These days, they say, military personnel in Virginia or Nevada make decisions about whether to launch predator-based missiles against specific targets thousands of miles away in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an extraordinary distancing of the fighter from the target.
In 2003, Tommy Chong, a comedian who made a career out of acting (and presumably being) stoned, got sent to federal prison for nine months for illegally selling beautiful custom-made blown-glass bongs ( “drug paraphernalia”) over the Internet. I want to focus on the government rationale for busting Chong, because it pertains to many difficult social problems.
As aggravating (and common) as it is when scientists use illogical or unscientific arguments to promote science, it’s perhaps even more irritating when they employ bad or deceptive scientific arguments.
I sing the honor of our fallen soldiers; and their final sacrifice on behalf of country, freedom, security; And technological innovation.
May is National Museum Month so I forced my 7-year-old son to accompany me to the Museum of Human Frailty. Housed in a restored factory building in a depressed mid-sized rust belt city in upstate New York, the MHF's promotional brochure describes the museum’s mission as helping "children of all ages understand their own emotional and rational contradictions and limitations."
A famous psychology experiment presented five-year-old children with a choice: take one marshmallow now, or wait twenty minutes and get two marshmallows. The children who chose to wait for two seem to be more likely to turn into more socially and intellectually successful adults than the kids who chose immediate gratification.
So yesterday Beyonce and I sang “America the Beautiful.” Oh, and did I mention the other 400,000 people on the Washington, DC mall who joined in? Yeah, fine, it’s a bit of a stretch to say “Beyonce and I” since actually I was watching her on the Jumbotron, and besides that her lips were about five bizarre seconds out of sync with the sound blaring from the speaker tower, but it was a wonderful experience nonetheless.
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