Science: November 2007 Archives

Stephen Fry » Blog Archive » Getting Overheated: "For the eco-believer it’s no-lose situation: we all survive if they’re right and we’ve acted on their belief, we survive if they’re wrong and we’ve acted on their belief. Whereas for the eco-denier we survive if they’re right and we’ve done nothing but we perish if they’re wrong and we’ve done nothing."

The really interesting bit start around the middle of the post, you can search for "It started amicably enough" to get to this part.

What I find really interesting in the argument is that it does not forget the forest (what may be going on) for the tree (the science that tells us, with some uncertainty, what may be going on). We can be so used to focusing on details, numbers, and small facts that we forget what we're really talking about. This post reminded me this quite clearly.

Earth from afar

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There is a Japanese probe orbiting the moon right now, and it took an amazing movie of the Earth rising. This is just beautiful.

I also recommend watching this talk at TED by Carolyn Porco, on the Cassini probe to Saturn: Fly me to the moons of Saturn. The last image of this talk has become my desktop picture. See the little dot on the left of Saturn, right outside of the rings? It's Earth.

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