Monthly Archives: December 2009

Polar Bears, Data, Opinions, and Global Warming

So I had a nice discussion with a student, who was confused after receiving some opposing viewpoints on Global Warming from different professors in a relatively short time period. In one of the statements, I had claimed that there were … Continue reading

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Open Information, Reproducible Research, and Climategate

David Donoho, the creator of Wavelab is featured in an article about reproducible research in the journal CISE (Computing in Science and Engineering). I am struck by the resonance of a couple quotes, as they apply to Climategate and Climate … Continue reading

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Word of the Day: Micromort

I’m not starting a new “word of the day” series, but I did learn this work today from the following video on risk analysis: It’s an entertaining introduction to risk analysis, and they use the word micromort, referring to a … Continue reading

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Climate Change Denial is not the same as Evolution Denial

Articles like this one and this one and others make the comparison between, what they call, global warming deniers and evolution deniers (aka Intelligent Design (ID) proponents), and even holocaust deniers. Personally, I find these comparisons misleading and dangerous. It … Continue reading

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Climategate, oh my!

I’ve been reading a lot about Climategate, and have a few comments now, and hopefully more to come. What sparked this current thread of thinking for me was this post over in the Statistical Modeling blog. He summarized the physicists … Continue reading

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Universality of Religion

On the Effect Measure blog, there is post about “Freethinker Sunday Sermonette: Dawkins on evolution and religion”, with the following video: I am struck by a few things. First, in the blog post he mentions: It assumes that all things … Continue reading

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A great observation

So this post from Laura Wattenberg’s “Baby Name Wizard” blog has a wonderful observation: Here’s a little pet peeve of mine: nothing rhymes with orange. You’ve heard that before, right? Orange is famous for its rhymelessness. There’s even a comic … Continue reading

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